NASA TV Airs Interview With Twin Astronauts; Kelly Brothers Scheduled To Be In Space Together

HOUSTON -- Interview footage of two NASA astronauts scheduled next
year to become the first twins to rendezvous in space is available on
NASA Television and the agency's website.

Mark Kelly will command the last scheduled space shuttle flight, while
his twin brother Scott Kelly will be in command of the International
Space Station. During the interview, they discuss growing up in West
Orange, N.J., their paths to becoming astronauts, and the
possibilities of a joint mission in space.

The Kellys, both captains in the U.S. Navy, were born Feb. 21, 1964,
in Orange, N.J. Scott has flown on two prior shuttle missions, as
pilot of STS-103 in 1999 and commander of STS-118 in 2007. Mark is a
veteran of three prior shuttle missions, as pilot of STS-108 in 2001
and STS-121 in 2006, and commander of STS-124 in 2008.

Scott is scheduled to launch to the space station aboard a Russian
Soyuz spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Oct. 7
for a six-month-long mission aboard the complex. He will serve as
flight engineer for Expedition 25 and commander for Expedition 26.

Mark, commander of shuttle Endeavour's STS-134 mission, is scheduled
to visit the station in February to deliver supplies and the Alpha
Magnetic Spectrometer. The device will study the universe's origin by
searching for antimatter, dark matter, and strange matter, and by
measuring cosmic rays. If the launch schedule doesn't change, the
pair would be working together in orbit for eight days before the
shuttle undocks and returns to Earth.

To read highlights from the interview, visit:


NASA TV will air the interview Friday at 10 a.m. EDT, 1 p.m., 4 p.m.,
8 p.m. and 10 p.m. For additional air times and streaming video,
downlink and scheduling information, visit:


Scott and Mark Kelly also are sharing their experiences via their
respective Twitter accounts. Follow Mark at:


Follow Scott at:


For complete biographical information about Scott and Mark Kelly, visit:


Source: NASA

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