Nov 07, 2018
A Conversation with NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly
The Franklin Institute and the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia hosted this exclusive, out-of-this-world opportunity with NASA astronaut Scott Kelly.
About the Event
Scott Kelly is a former military fighter pilot and test pilot, an engineer, a retired astronaut, and a retired U.S. Navy captain. The veteran of four spaceflights and the American record holder for consecutive days spent in space, Dr. Kelly has experienced things very few have.
He took audience members on a journey inside a sphere utterly hostile to human life. He described navigating the extreme challenge of long-term spaceflight, both life-threatening and mundane; the devastating effects on the body; the isolation from everyone he loves and the comforts of Earth; the catastrophic risks of colliding with space junk; and the still more haunting threat of being unable to help should tragedy strike at home--an agonizing situation Kelly faced when, on a previous mission, his twin brother's wife, American Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, was shot while he still had two months in space.