Former NASA astronaut Mark Kelly to run for John McCain’s Senate seat


Earlier than Mark Kelly was a Democratic-party US Senate candidate for Arizona, he was a high-flying NASA astronaut with some actually out-of-this-world area credentials.

Kelly introduced his marketing campaign for Congress on Tuesday with a video that references his spaceflight expertise. 

‘Seeing that dawn from area for the very first time, it’s unimaginable,’ Kelly mentioned. ‘You understand, it is fairly apparent fairly early once you get into area that we’re all type of on this collectively.’

Kelly, 54, is operating for the seat previously occupied by Sen. John McCain. Martha McSally, a Republican former Arizona consultant, is at present filling the Senate seat by appointment following McCain’s death in 2018. The seat can be up for a particular election in 2020.


Kelly, who was initially a Navy pilot, spent 54 days in area serving on 4 NASA area shuttle missions to the Worldwide Area Station. As pilot and later commander, Kelly helped ship tools, provides and crew members to the ISS.

These shuttle flights have been notable for carrying the pressurized module for the Japanese Kibo laboratory to the station in 2008 and the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer particle physics detector up in 2011.

Kelly is the husband of former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, who survived a capturing in Arizona in 2011 that left six others lifeless. Each Giffords and Kelly have advocated for stricter gun management within the US. Kelly retired from NASA later that yr to concentrate on his spouse’s restoration.  

Kelly and his twin brother Scott are each retired NASA astronauts. They participated in a NASA twins study involving evaluating Scott throughout a yr in area on the ISS with Mark, who stayed down on Earth. 

Mark Kelly can look to a notable precedent in astronaut-politicians: John Glenn. Glenn grew to become the primary American to orbit the Earth in 1962. He received an Ohio Senate seat in 1974 and served till 1999. 

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