Mark Kelly facts for kids
Quick facts for kids
|United States Senator
December 2, 2020
Serving with Kyrsten Sinema
|Preceded by||Martha McSally|
Mark Edward Kelly
February 21, 1964
Orange, New Jersey, U.S.
|Political party||Democratic (2018–present)
Independent (before 2018)
(m. 1989; div. 2004)
Gabby Giffords (m. 2007)
|Relatives||Scott Kelly (twin brother)|
|Education||United States Merchant Marine Academy (BS)
Naval Postgraduate School (MS)
Time in space
|54d 02h 04min|
|Selection||NASA Astronaut Group 16, 1996|
|Missions||STS-108, STS-121, STS-124, STS-134|
|Retirement||October 1, 2011|
Mark Edward Kelly (born February 21, 1964) is an American astronaut, engineer, writer, U.S. Navy Captain, and politician. He is the junior United States Senator from Arizona since December 2, 2020. He is the husband of former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.
Kelly flew combat missions during the Gulf War. He was selected to become a NASA Space Shuttle pilot in 1996 and flew his first mission in 2001 as pilot of STS-108. He piloted STS-121 in 2006 and commanded STS-124 in 2008 and STS-134 in 2011. STS-134 was his final mission and the final mission of Space Shuttle Endeavour.
U.S. Senate career
His wife was the target of an attempted assassination in Tucson, Arizona, on January 8, 2011.
Kelly's identical twin brother, Scott Kelly, is also an astronaut. In 2015, Scott Kelly began a mission spending a year in space on the International Space Station. He returned to Earth on March 1, 2016, after 340 days in space.
Images for kids
Kelly's official NASA portrait
STS-108 Commander Dominic L. Gorie and Pilot Mark Kelly, in their stations during rendezvous operations with the International Space Station
Commander Kelly with his crew at the Kennedy Space Center just before boarding Discovery on May 31, 2008.
Mission poster, based on a Star Trek promotional poster
Kelly and wife Gabrielle Giffords in 2016
Kelly and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano at the Tucson memorial service. Napolitano was the governor of Arizona from 2003 to 2009.
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