Mark Kelly President : When Will We See President Mark Kelly? : Rebellion Op-Ed

Mark Kelly President : When Will We See President Mark Kelly? : Rebellion Op-Ed Former NASA Astronaut and current sitting senator from Arizona, Mark Kelly represents a great American political asset. Irregardless of political party, as Astronaut Kelly’s views have seemed to exist within the Michael Bloomberg old school and hard working part of the Democratic Party. One that still works with the Republican side as well. At the end of the day, these are just political costumes we put on to participate in our modern Washington DC political world.

Who is Mark Kelly?

An amazing father, brilliant astronaut and sound mind under pressure!

And what more do you want from your American President than a sound mind under pressure with a high IQ? Someone who respects the common decency of American humanism. A concept built on loving one another and building a better country at the same time.

We must admit we are biased. We cover space and revere NASA astronauts.

In addition, we profiled Mark’s twin brother, whom he wrote a scientific study with, on Rebellion’s site: Astronaut Scott Kelly Sits Down With Rebellion Research.

In conclusion, we have said our peace and now will revert back to pure educational content.

NASA Astronaut Tom Jones

Mark Kelly President : When Will We See President Mark Kelly? : Rebellion Op-Ed

Naval & NASA Career From Wiki:

Naval career

In December 1987, Kelly became a naval aviator and received initial training on the A-6E Intruder attack aircraft. He was then assigned to Attack Squadron 115 (VA-115) in Atsugi, Japan, and made two deployments to the Persian Gulf on the aircraft carrier USS Midway, flying 39 combat missions in Operation Desert Storm. Furthermore, after receiving his master’s degree, Kelly attended the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School from 1993 to 1994. He has logged more than 5,000 hours in more than 50 different aircraft and has over 375 carrier landings.[18]

Kelly has received two Defense Superior Service Medals; one Legion of Merit; two Distinguished Flying Crosses; four Air Medals (two individual/two strike flight) with Combat “V”; two Navy Commendation Medals, (one with combat “V”). In addition, one Navy Achievement Medal, two Southwest Asia Service Medals; one Navy Expeditionary Medal; two Sea Service Deployment Ribbons; a NASA Distinguished Service Medal; and an Overseas Service Ribbon.[18][19]

On June 21, 2011, Kelly announced his retirement from the U.S. Navy and NASA, effective October 1, 2011. Lastly, his retirement was announced on his Facebook page, where he wrote, “Words cannot convey my deep gratitude for the opportunities I have been given to serve our great nation. From the day I entered the United States Merchant Marine Academy in the summer of 1982 to the moment I landed the Space Shuttle Endeavour three weeks ago, it has been my privilege to advance the ideals that define the United States of America.”[20]

NASA career

NASA selected both Mark and Scott Kelly to be Space Shuttle pilots in 1996. Furthermore, they joined the NASA Astronaut Corps in August of that year. Mark Kelly has logged over 54 days in space.[18] During his 2006 flight on Space Shuttle Discovery, the second mission after the loss of Space Shuttle Columbia, Kelly discussed the risks of flying the Space Shuttle:

The Space Shuttle’s a very complex machine. It’s got a lot of moving parts that move and operate at pretty much the limit of what we’ve been able to engineer. Spaceflight is risky. I think with regards to the tank, we’ve reduced some of the risk there. We’ve changed the design a little bit and we’ve made some pretty big strides in trying to get foam not to shed from the tank anymore. So there is some risk reduction there and I guess overall the risk is probably a little less. But this is a risky business, but it’s got a big reward. Everybody on board Discovery and the space station here thinks it’s worthwhile.[21]