Scott Kelly has set the record for the total accumulated number of days spent in space and conducted the single longest space mission undertaken by any American astronaut. The resilience and courage of a former childhood where he struggled in school helped him overcome the various challenges and obstacles faced during his four space missions.
A captain in the U.S. Navy, Scott Kelly flew more than 8,000 hours in more than 40 aircraft. His time in the Navy also saw him do more than 250 carrier landings. He was selected as an astronaut candidate in 1996.
After completing his astronaut training, Scott Kelly became a crew member and commanded NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations. The mission saw astronauts, scientists, and engineers live in Aquarius, the world’s only undersea research station.
In space, Scott Kelly commanded ISS on three expeditions. He was also a member of the ISS year-long mission. During this time, he took part in a study measuring the impact of space travel on the body. The results were compared to that of his twin brother who had also undergone astronaut training and who spent the year on earth. Changes in DNA, cognition, and other parameters were looked at.
Besides speaking, John Kelly has also become a bestselling author. One of his books, Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery and Infinite Wonder: An Astronaut’s Photographs From a Year in Space has become an international bestseller.
As a conference speaker, Scott Kelly talks about the dangers faced in space and how to overcome them. These include such aspects as the isolation, the impact of space on the body, and the various risks and resilience required. He lives in the U.S.A. and presents in English.
Tips on Living in Isolation from the Man Who Spent a Year in Space: Working from home. Self-isolation. Video conferencing. Social distancing. As the new normal brought on by the coronavirus takes hold in homes across the globe, Captain Scott Kelly offers expert advice on how to manage it all successfully. During his year in space aboard the International Space Station, Captain Kelly faced the ultimate isolation challenge—unable to go outside, ever.
The Sky Is Not The Limit: Lessons From A Year In Space – During his record-breaking Year In Space, U.S. astronaut Scott Kelly captivated the world while laying the groundwork for the future of space travel and exploration. And while science was at the core of Kelly’s groundbreaking expedition—it is his life lessons and personal stories from 229 miles above Earth and the path that led him there that provide a unique and valuable perspective on embracing risk and discovering one’s true potential to achieve the impossible. With a journey that exemplifies the power and resilience of the human spirit, from U.S. Navy fighter pilot to record-holding astronaut, Kelly reveals the choices and life events that paved his way. An American hero whose contribution to humanity is as far-reaching as his epic story, Kelly reflects on his journey with his trademark candor, humour, and humility. From the leadership and teamwork required in such demanding conditions to the long-term deprivation from loved ones and Planet Earth itself, Kelly delivers a true one-of-a-kind experience.
STEM TALK For Students: Record-breaking astronaut Scott Kelly discusses his educational experience as a struggling primary and secondary school student until he discovered his motivation by reading a book—Tom Wolfe’s The Right Stuff. It sparked in him an unstoppable drive to overcome his struggles and become a high-performing student who eventually ascended to the peaks of academic performance as an engineering student, a test pilot, and later as a NASA astronaut. Captain Kelly gives insight into his philosophy on education and tips for students to transform their own academic performance. He emphasizes the importance of STEM education and how it impacts our world for the better—from strengthening economies to improving our well-being. Kelly also describes the benefits of human spaceflight, highlighting the inspiration it delivers to future generations to further science, math, and technology in job fields across the globe.`