Mark Edward Kelly
February 21, 1964
Orange, New Jersey, U.S.
(m. 1989; div. 2004)
Gabrielle Giffords (m. 2007)
|Relatives||Scott Kelly (twin brother)|
|Education||United States Merchant Marine Academy (BS)|
Naval Postgraduate School (MS)
Time in space
|54d 02h 04min|
|Selection||NASA Astronaut Group 16, 1996|
|Missions||STS-108, STS-121, STS-124, STS-134|
|Retirement||October 1, 2011|
Kelly flew combat missions during the Gulf War. He was selected to become a NASA Space Shuttle pilot in 1996 and flew his first mission in 2001 as pilot of STS-108. He piloted STS-121 in 2006 and commanded STS-124 in 2008 and STS-134 in 2011. STS-134 was his final mission and the final mission of Space Shuttle Endeavour.
Kelly's identical twin brother, Scott Kelly, is also an astronaut. In 2015, Scott Kelly began a mission spending a year in space on the International Space Station. He returned to Earth on March 1, 2016, after 340 days in space.
References[change | change source]
- "Commander Mark Kelly Announces Retirement From NASA, Navy". Fox News. June 21, 2011. Retrieved July 4, 2011.
- Sunseri, Gina (June 1, 2011). "Space Shuttle Endeavour Lands Safely in Florida". ABC News. Retrieved August 1, 2011.
- Tolson, Mike (January 17, 2011). "Their toughest mission yet, Shooting of Gabrielle Giffords thrusts her husband and brother-in-law, both astronauts, into an unfamiliar spotlight". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved February 9, 2011.
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- "Twin astronauts prep for year-long mission". Retrieved 2017-11-07.