The First 216 Days of My Twin Brother Scott Kelly’s Record-Setting #YearInSpace


My brother Scott and I in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, just prior to his launch in March 2015.

As of today, no other American has ever spent more consecutive days off of our planet than my twin brother, NASA astronaut Scott Kelly.

Last week  –  on the 216th day of his year-long mission aboard the International Space Station — Scott surpassed the 2007 record of 215 days set by NASA astronaut Michael López-Alegría for the longest continuous space flight by an American.

Over 216 days ago, Scott and two Russian cosmonauts left our planet from Kazakhstan’s Baikonur Cosmodrome, the oldest space launch facility in the world, and went from zero to 17,500 miles per hour in about 12 minutes.

After docking, opening the hatch, and floating out of their capsule and into the International Space Station  –  which is about the size of a four-bedroom house  —  Scott settled in for his year-long mission.

For over 216 days, Scott has served our country in zero gravity, floating inside the International Space Station while orbiting the planet at 17,500 miles per hour. On this flight alone, he has already traveled 72 million miles around Earth.

For over 216 days, Scott has lived in a tough, unforgiving and unchanging environment. The lighting hasn’t changed. The temperature and humidity haven’t changed. The humming and whirring of the Space Station hasn’t changed.

Fortunately for Scott and his crewmates, the International Space Station provides some pretty good views. And fortunately for all of us, Scott has heeded President Obama’s order at February’s State of the Union to Instagram – and tweet – photos of his mission. He has not disappointed.

Here are some of my favorite photos from Scott’s record-setting #YearInSpace mission.

March 27, 2015

2015-11-03-1446553443-4661523-MarkKelly2.jpegLiftoff. Scott and the Expedition 43 crew launch —> Read More