NASA astronaut Capt. Scott Kelly will speak Nov. 30 at Southeast Missouri State University as part of the 2016-2017 Speakers Series.
Kelly’s presentation, “The Sky is Not the Limit: Lessons from a Year in Space,” is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in the Show Me Center. Kelly’s presentation is open to the public. Tickets are required for entry. General admission tickets are $10 and can be purchased at http://www.showmecenter.biz/ or the Show Me Center Box Office. Current Southeast faculty, staff and students can use a Redhawks ID to pick up a free ticket in the Center for Student Involvement (University Center Room 204) or the Show Me Center Box Office.
Back from his historic record-breaking year in space, Kelly has laid the groundwork for the future of space travel and exploration, and continues to garner media exposure like no other pioneer of our time.
From the cover of TIME magazine to live interviews on NBC’s TODAY Show, to features in Forbes Magazine and on CNN to nearly 1 million followers on Twitter, the world remains in awe as it celebrates a hero’s return to the planet that is home, from an adventure that is extraordinary.
With life lessons and personal stories that reveal unique and valuable advice on pushing one’s own limits, to insight on the leadership and teamwork required in such demanding conditions, and the challenges—such as long-term deprivation from loved ones and planet Earth—Kelly reflects on the choices and life events that paved his journey’s path and brings audiences to the edge of their seats as he delivers a truly one-of-a-kind experience.
An astronaut since 1996, Kelly’s achievements over his illustrious 20-year career with NASA earned him the coveted position as America’s first year-round astronaut. On his historic mission that spanned from March 2015 to March 2016, Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko conducted experiments, reconfigured station modules, and captivated the world with live interviews and never-seen-before photos from the International Space Station.
The historic mission also included NASA’s groundbreaking “Twins Study,” in which Kelly’s identical twin brother, retired NASA astronaut Capt. Mark Kelly, served on the ground as a control model in an unprecedented experiment to understand how space affects the human body.
Prior to his career with NASA, Kelly served 25 years in the U.S. Navy, retiring as an experienced aviator and decorated captain.