LEAGUE CITY - Scott Kelly, the League City astronaut who is spending a year aboard the International Space Station, has a new item to add to his resume. He’s also among Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People.
Time released the list on Thursday.
Others on the list include comedian Kevin Hart, Cuban President Raul Castro, Russian President Vladimir Putin, actor Bradley Cooper, Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and singers Taylor Swift and Kanye West.
Kelly’s piece in the magazine was written by Gemini astronaut and retired Sen. John Glenn.
Kelly is part of the longest space mission ever for NASA. Most expeditions to the space station last four to six months. By doubling the length of the mission, researchers hope to better understand how the human body reacts and adapts to long-duration spaceflight. While Scott Kelly is in space, his identical twin brother, retired NASA astronaut Mark Kelly, will participate in a number of comparative genetics studies on the ground. The experiments include the collection of blood samples, as well as psychological and physical tests. This knowledge is critical as NASA looks toward human journeys deeper into the solar system, including to and from Mars, which could last 500 days or longer.
The mission also carries potential benefits for humans here on Earth, from helping patients recover from long periods of bed rest to improving monitoring for people whose bodies are unable to fight infections.