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Mark Kelly

Officer (armed Forces) / Astronaut / Test Pilot / Politician / Writer | * 02/21/1964 (58) | Orange, New Jersey (United States of America (USA))
Mark Edward Kelly (born February 21, 1964) is an American politician, former astronaut, and United States Navy captain who has served as the junior United States senator from Arizona since 2020. A member of the Democratic Party, he was elected in the special election held following the death of Senator John McCain, defeating incumbent Republican Martha McSally. Kelly flew combat missions during the Gulf War as a naval aviator before being selected as a NASA Space Shuttle pilot in 1996. He flew his first space mission in 2001 as pilot of STS-108, piloted STS-121 in 2006, and commanded STS-124 in 2008 and STS-134 in 2011, the final mission of Space Shuttle Endeavour. His identical twin, Scott Kelly, is also a retired astronaut; they are the only siblings to have both traveled into orbit. Kelly's wife, then-Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, was shot and nearly killed in an assassination attempt on January 8, 2011. Six people died in the Tucson shooting. After the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting the following year, Giffords and Kelly founded the nonprofit Americans for Responsible Solutions, later renamed Giffords, which campaigns for gun control measures like universal background checks and red flag laws. Kelly announced his candidacy for Arizona's Class 3 U.S. Senate s... ()
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Personal Data Mark Edward Kelly is the son of Richard and Patricia Kelly, two retired police officers. He was born in Orange, New Jersey, on February 21, 1964, and raised in West Orange, New Jersey. Kelly is married to U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Kelly’s identical twin brother, Scott J. Kelly, is also an astronaut and served as commander of International Space Station (ISS) Expedition 26. The Kelly brothers are the only siblings who have both traveled in space.Kelly graduated from Mountain High School in 1982. He received a B.S. degree in marine engineering and nautical science from the United States Merchant Marine Academy, graduating with highest honors in 1986. In 1994, he received an M.S. degree in aeronautical engineering from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School. Awards Defense Superior Service Medal (with one bronze oak leaf cluster); Distinguished Flying Cross; Air Medal (with valor device and three bronze service stars); Navy Commendation Medal (with valor device and one bronze service star); Navy Achievement Medal; Southwest Asia Service Medal (with one bronze service star); Navy Expeditionary Medal; National Defense Service Medal (with one bronze service star); Navy Unit Commendation (with one bronze service star); Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (with one bronze service star); Overseas Service Ribbon; Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia); Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait); NASA Exceptional Service Medal; NASA Space Flight Medal (with three bronze service stars). Experience In December 1987, Kelly became a naval aviator and received initial training on the A-6E Intruder attack aircraft. He was then assigned to VA-115 (Attack Squadron 115) in Atsugi, Japan, and made two deployments to the PersianGulf on the aircraft carrier USS Midway, flying 39 combat missions in Operation Desert Storm. After receiving his master’s degree, he attended the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School from June 1993 to June 1994. He has logged more than 5,000hours in more than 50 different aircraft and has over 375 carrier landings.At this time, Kelly remains on active duty. He is on loan to NASA and holds the rank of Captain in the U.S. Navy.On Tuesday, June 21, 2011, Kelly announced his retirement from the U.S. Navy, and NASA, effective October 1, 2011. Spaceflight Experience Kelly’s first trip into space was as pilot of STS-108. After several delays, Endeavour lifted off on December 5, 2001, on the final shuttle mission of 2001.STS-108 Endeavour visited the ISS, delivering over three tons of equipment, supplies, and a fresh crew to the orbiting outpost. Kelly and Mission Specialist Linda Godwin used the shuttle’s robotic arm to lift the Raffaello Multi-Purpose Logistics Module from the shuttle payload bay and attach it to a berth on the station’s Unity node. Mission managers extended Endeavour’s flight duration to 12 days to allow the crew to assist with additional maintenance tasks on the station, including work on a treadmill and replacing a failed compressor in one of the air conditioners in the Zvezda Service Module. Kelly traveled over 4.8 million miles and orbited the earth 186 times over 11 days and 19+ hours.

Most frequent genres for this person: Documentaries | Talk-Shows

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Awards & Nominations for Mark Kelly

Distinguished Flying Cross (United States) Legionnaire of Legion of Merit Air Medal NASA Exceptional Service Medal

Movies with Mark Kelly as Actor(3)

as himself2016 A Year in Space

TV Shows/Series with Mark Kelly as Actor(1)

as himself1997 The View

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Full Name: Mark Edward Kelly
Born: Friday, 02/21 1964 (February) in Orange, New Jersey (United States of America (USA)) (current age: 58 years + 342 days)
Zodiac sign: Pisces (Chinese zodiac sign: Dragon)
Languages: English (EN)
Educated at: United States Merchant Marine Academy, Naval Postgraduate School, United States Naval Test Pilot School, West Orange High School
Employer: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Spouses (current/former): Gabrielle Giffords
Siblings: Scott Kelly
Other names for Mark Kelly (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"Mark E. Kelly"
"Mark Edward Kelly"
Mark Kelly frequently works together with these people:
Jenny McCarthy (3x, Actress)
Sherri Shepherd (3x, Actress)
Paula Faris (3x, Actress)
Barbara Walters (3x, Actress)
Elisabeth Hasselbeck (3x, Actress)
Ana Navarro (3x, Actress)
Kenan Thompson (2x, Actor)
Sara Haines (2x, Actress)
Joy Behar (2x, Actress)
Joan Rivers (2x, Actress)
Cécile Denjean (2x, Crew)
Natalie Cole (2x, Actress)

Other people with this name: Mark Kelly (US)

WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:1395677, Added: 09/04/2019, Last updated: 01/25/2023