Astronaut Scott Kelly

Astronaut Scott Kelly

Scott Kelly is a former military fighter pilot and test pilot, an engineer, a retired astronaut, and a retired U.S. Navy captain. A veteran of four space flights, Kelly commanded the International Space Station (ISS) on three expeditions and was a member of the yearlong mission to the ISS. In October 2015, he set the record for the total accumulated number of days spent in space. He lives in Houston, Texas.

Retired NASA astronaut Scott Kelly is a veteran of four space flights spent 520 days living in space, including 340 consecutive days, the single longest space mission by an American astronaut. However, recently NASA astronaut Christina H. Koch spend 328 days in space, just shy of Scott’s record by 12 days, but Christina did set the record for the longest single spaceflight by a woman.

Since Scott's return to Earth he’s released his memoir entitled “Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery” and also “Infinite Wonder: An Astronaut’s photographs from a year in space.” In this interview Scott joins us by phone to discuss his amazing experience and his inspiration for achieving goals that are literally out of this world.

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Phone interview conducted with astronaut Scott Kelly in February 2018.

Special thanks to Dr. Ken Kremer ( for sharing his space journey in this episode!

Music: Cylinder Eight ( by Chris Zabriskie (; licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (


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