NASA announced on Monday that the U.S. astronaut Scott Kelly will host one last orbital news conference before returning home. Kelly is currently the American astronaut with the longest stay in space.
Next month, he will finish his year-long visit to the International Space Station. NASA announced that a news conference will be hosted to discuss the zero-gravity mission before Kelly hits the ground.
The event will be broadcast live on NASA’s TV channel at 12:05 p.m. EST on Feb. 25. The conference is slated to last 30 minutes, so the questions of media representatives should be brief.
Media representatives can interview Kelly from Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the Johnson Space Center in Texas, or directly by phone. On March 1, the NASA astronaut will return home after having spent 340 consecutive days on board the ISS.
NASA said that journalists who want to ask Kelly some questions from the Johnson Space Center or by phone should first be accredited. For this purpose, they need to call the center’s newsroom no later than 9 a.m. on the day of the interview. Reporters from foreign media outlets can no longer be accredited.
Journalists who plan to attend the news conference from the Kennedy Space Center need to acquire their credentials before 2 a.m. on Feb. 24. Journalists also need two legal forms that can be used for identification. At least one form needs to have a photo such as an driver’s license. For more questions you should call 321-867-6598.
Kelly started his year-long mission on March 27, 2015 when he was ferried to the ISS along with a Russian astronaut from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Next week, he will return in Kazakhstan with his fellow astronauts Mikhail Kornienko and Sergey Volkov after the first two men have spent a year in space. Kelly will be back in the U.S. on March 2.
On March 1, Kelly will be the NASA astronaut with the most cumulative days in space (520 days). During his record stay on the ISS, Kelly has taken part in a series of studies designed to analyze how the human body reacts to prolonged exposure to microgravity, radiation, and stress caused by the prolonged spaceflight.
NASA and the Russian space agency Roscosmos will use the data gathered during studies for their future deep space exploration missions. NASA is already working on its Journey to Mars mission, which plans to put humans on the Red Planet the next years.
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