|United States Senator|
|Assumed office |
December 2, 2020
Serving with Kyrsten Sinema
|Preceded by||Martha McSally|
Mark Edward Kelly
February 21, 1964
Orange, New Jersey, U.S.
|Political party||Democratic (2018–present)|
Independent (before 2018)
(m. 1989; div. 2004)
Gabby 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|
Mark Edward Kelly (born February 21, 1964) is an American astronaut, engineer, writer, U.S. Navy Captain, and politician. He is the junior United States Senator from Arizona since December 2, 2020. He is the husband of former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.
Space missions[change | change source]
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.
U.S. Senate career[change | change source]
Personal life[change | change source]
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]
- Carney, Jordain (November 30, 2020). "Mark Kelly to be sworn in as senator on Wednesday". The Hill. Retrieved 30 November 2020.
- Yvonne Wingett Sanchez (March 4, 2019). "Mark Kelly is running as a Democrat for the Senate. In 2012, he voted in a GOP primary". The Arizona Republic.
- "Commander Mark Kelly Announces Retirement From NASA, Navy". Fox News. June 21, 2011. Archived from the original on June 24, 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.
- "WebCite query result". www.webcitation.org. Archived from the original on March 27, 2015. Retrieved November 7, 2017.
- "Twin astronauts prep for year-long mission". Retrieved 2017-11-07.