Captain Scott Kelly to Speak at 2022 Ag Aviation Expo Kickoff Breakfast
History-Making NASA Astronaut; First to Complete a Year-in-Space Mission
Captain Scott Kelly, a former NASA astronaut and retired U.S. Navy Captain will speak at the 2022 Ag Aviation Expo Kickoff Breakfast on Monday, Dec. 5. Kelly is also a U.S. spaceflight record holder and an experienced test pilot having logged more than 15,000 hours of flight time in more than 40 different aircraft and spacecraft.
A former fighter pilot, Kelly flew the F-14 Tomcat aboard the aircraft carrier, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower. Kelly was selected by NASA as an astronaut in 1996. A veteran of four space flights, he piloted Space Shuttle Discovery to the Hubble space telescope in 1999 and subsequently commanded Space Shuttle Endeavour on a mission to the International Space Station (ISS) in 2007.
Kelly’s long-duration space flight experience includes two flights on the Russian Soyuz spacecraft, launching and landing from Kazakhstan, and two stays aboard the International Space Station as commander: the first a 159-day mission in 2010-2011 followed by his record-breaking 340-day mission to the ISS in 2015.
During his yearlong mission, known worldwide as the “Year in Space,” he conducted three spacewalks before returning home in March 2016. His Year in Space Mission was chronicled in a TIME magazine documentary series and an Emmy award-winning PBS special.
Kelly has traveled more than 200 million miles, which is more than twice the distance to the Sun and has orbited the Earth more than 8,300 times. Kelly has received many awards and honors, including the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit and the Distinguished Flying Cross. He was on the cover of TIME Magazine in December 2014 and was named one of its 100 Most Influential People in 2015.
Kelly is a Fellow of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots and a member of the Association of Space Explorers. In 2016 Scott Kelly published the New York Times best-selling memoir Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery. More recently he published Infinite Wonder: An Astronaut’s Photographs from a Year in Space, a collection of extraordinary images he photographed aboard the International Space Station, also a New York Times bestseller. He is also the author of two children’s books, My Journey to the Stars and Goodnight, Astronaut. His next book, Ready for Launch: An Astronaut’s Lessons for Success on Earth will be published in 2022.
In 2021, he was inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Kelly’s identical twin brother, Mark, is also a former NASA astronaut and the current junior U.S. Senator from Arizona.