It’s March 2, 2016, and Scott Kelly has just arrived back on Earth. He’s spent the past 340 days aboard the International Space Station – the longest stint that an American astronaut has ever completed. But in the days to follow, the real impact of his record-breaking mission will become all too apparent.
In February 1964 Richard and Patricia Kelly welcomed their son Scott and his twin brother, Mark, into the world. Scott Kelly subsequently grew up in the New Jersey suburb of West Orange and in his later years of high school took a job working as a paramedic in the local community. Then after graduating in 1982, he began attending the University of Maryland in Baltimore.
It was while at college that Kelly discovered The Right Stuff – Tom Wolfe’s 1979 book about the early days of space flight. And inspired by the pilots preparing to take mankind to the stars, Kelly subsequently decided that naval aviation was the career for him. However, unfortunately his application to join his brother at the United States Merchant Marine Academy was turned down.