Astronaut Scott Kelly’s identical twin pulled a fast one on NASA right before his brother blasted off on a one-year space station mission.
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden told Kelly on Monday that he almost had a heart attack when his brother showed up launch morning without his usual mustache. Bolden says that’s the only way he could tell the two apart.
He’s off the planet — and on his way to the International Space Station.
Earlier today, I watched as my brother, NASA astronaut Scott Kelly, and two Russian cosmonauts launched to space aboard a Soyuz rocket. They left from Kazakhstan’s Baikonur Cosmodrome, the oldest space launch facility in the world. They went from zero to 17,500 miles per hour in about 12 minutes.
After docking with the space station, opening the hatch, and floating out of their capsule and into the space station — which is about the size of a four-bedroom house — Scott will settle in for his yearlong mission.
Astronaut Scott Kelly has blasted off into space for a yearlong mission. The twist? A piece of him still remains on Earth – well, sort of.
Scott’s identical twin brother and retired astronaut Mark Kelly will undergo a series of medical examinations and genetic testing on U.S. soil while his brother is up in space, all part of a special NASA experiment called the Twins Study.
Astronauts Scott Kelly has some unique accomplishments in his space career. He flew on the shuttle twice, commanded the International Space Station and spent two Christmases in space.
He also is in U.S. space history books with his identical twin brother Mark as the only siblings in NASA history to both be astronauts and shuttle commanders. Now NASA is putting their identical DNA to work for science.
Mark Kelly and his twin brother Scott were both NASA astronauts. Scott is scheduled to embark on a year-long mission to the International Space Station later this month.
Mark retired from NASA to spend more time with his wife, Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords who was shot at a public appearance in 2011.
Mark now writes children’s books. His latest, “Astrotwins: Project Blastoff” centers around a pair of twins who spend their summer building a rocket to orbit the earth.
There are 2.25 million sets of twins living in the U.S., but there is exactly one pair of identical twin astronauts — Mark and Scott Kelly.
As NASA looks toward an eventual three-year-long round-trip to Mars, the Kelly brothers have become key to figuring out how to prepare for and protect the human body during lengthy trips in space, reports CBS News correspondent Don Dahler.