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Top 14 Scott Kelly Astronaut Quotes (ENDURANCE)

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Top 14 Most Famous Scotty Kelly Quotes to Inspire You – A Veteran of Four Space Flights

“I’ve learned that most problems aren’t rocket science, but when they are rocket science, you should ask a rocket scientist. In other words, I don’t know everything, so I’ve learned to seek advice and counsel and to listen to experts.”

Scotty Kelly
There is a fine line between ritual and superstition, and in a life-threatening business such as spaceflight, superstition can be comforting even to the nonbeliever.
There is a fine line between ritual and superstition, and in a life-threatening business such as spaceflight, superstition can be comforting even to the nonbeliever.
Working with the right person can make the toughest day go well, and working with the wrong person can make the simplest task excruciatingly difficult.
Working with the right person can make the toughest day go well, and working with the wrong person can make the simplest task excruciatingly difficult.

“I’ve learned that an achievement that seems to have been accomplished by one person probably has hundreds, maybe even thousands, of people’s minds and work behind it, and I’ve learned that it’s a privilege to be the embodiment of that work.”

Scotty Kelly
I've learned from watching my mother train to become a police officer that small steps add to giant leaps.
I’ve learned from watching my mother train to become a police officer that small steps add to giant leaps.
I clean up, putting all the tools and instruments back where they belong, remembering that a tool in the wrong place is no better than a tool we don’t have.
I clean up, putting all the tools and instruments back where they belong, remembering that a tool in the wrong place is no better than a tool we don’t have.

“What is it worth to see two former bitter enemies transform weapons into transport for exploration and the pursuit of scientific knowledge? What is it worth to see former enemy nations turn their warriors into crewmates and lifelong friends? This is impossible to put a dollar figure on, but to me it’s one of the things that makes this project worth the expense, even worth risking our lives.”

Scotty Kelly
If you were doing something safe, something you already knew could be done, you were wasting time.
If you were doing something safe, something you already knew could be done, you were wasting time.
In my half-awake state it occurs to me that one day we’re all going to be dead, that we will all be dead much longer than we were alive.
In my half-awake state it occurs to me that one day we’re all going to be dead, that we will all be dead much longer than we were alive.

“I turn off the light and close my eyes. Sleeping while floating isn’t easy, especially when you’re out of practice. Even though my eyes are closed, cosmic flashes occasionally light up my field of vision, the result of radiation striking my retinas, creating the illusion of light. This phenomenon was first noticed by astronauts during the Apollo era, and its cause still isn’t thoroughly understood. I’ll get used to this, too, but for now the flashes are an alarming reminder of the radiation zipping through my brain.”

Scotty Kelly
My philosophy is that for complicated jobs, if you aren't ahead of schedule, you're already behind.
My philosophy is that for complicated jobs, if you aren’t ahead of schedule, you’re already behind.
The sea is selective, slow at recognition of effort and aptitude, but fast at sinking the unfit.
The sea is selective, slow at recognition of effort and aptitude, but fast at sinking the unfit.
Unlike NASA, the Russians don’t feel the drama of the countdown is necessary.
Unlike NASA, the Russians don’t feel the drama of the countdown is necessary.

“Only later, when the Twitter chat is over, do I have the chance to reflect that I just experienced being trolled, in space, by the second man on the moon, while also engaging in a Twitter conversation with the president.”

Scotty Kelly

Scotty Kelly Short Biography

Born 21 February 1964 in City of Orange, New Jersey, United States, Scott Joseph Kelly is an American astronaut with the record for the most amount of time spent in orbit.

Kelly graduated from the State University of New York Maritime College in 1987 with a degree in electrical engineering.

In 1993, Kelly attended the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School, and after graduating in June 1994 went on to become a test pilot.

The following year, Kelly applied to become a NASA astronaut. After completing 2 years of training, he was assigned to work on the International Space Station.

In 1999 Kelly became the pilot of the STS-103 shuttle, the mission that was in charge of upgrading the Hubble Space Telescope.

When Scott Kelly wasn’t piloting a space shuttle, he also spent his time as director of operations in Star City, Russia.

On March 27, 2015, Scott Kelly and a veteran Russian cosmonaut were launched to the ISS, this would be Scott Kelly’s longest time spent in space.

Kelly devoted his time to his tasks. He was able to restore a moldy plant experiment back to health, and among other things; was updating the media on their progress through tweets, and several video conferences. He returned to earth on March 2, 2016.

Shortly after his return, Kelly and his twin would be the subject of many studies, as scientists tried to uncover the effects of long periods of time in space to the body.

Scott Kelly retired in 2017 and became a published author, his book is entitled: Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery.

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