NBC: Mark Kelly welcomes brother Scott back to the planet after year in space

He’s home — back on our planet.


Late last night here in Houston, I helped welcome my brother Scott Kelly home from his year aboard the International Space Station.


Along with my wife Gabby, Scott’s daughters, his girlfriend, our dad, and so many other loved ones and colleagues, we greeted Scott at Ellington Joint Base Reserve as he stepped off a NASA aircraft and — finally — onto American soil.


After 5,440 orbits around our planet, after the sun went up and down 10,944 times (the sun rises or sets every 45 minutes in space), and after flying over 100 million miles, Scott’s year in space is now over.


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