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Who is Scott Kelly? Ex-NASA Astronaut Launches First NFT, Raises $500K for Ukraine

Record-setting former NASA astronaut Scott Joseph Kelly is an American engineer and naval aviator.

He is making a buzz in the NFT market as he has memorialized his time in space via art and launched his debut NFT, an art project called “Dreams Out of This World.”

Kelly, who commanded the International Space Station (ISS) on Expeditions 26, 45, and 46 and spent around 340 consecutive days aboard in 2015 and 2016, confirmed that the proceeds from the initial sale will be dedicated to a non-profit organization to assist the Ukrainian war effort.

Scott Kelly raised more than $500,000 to help Ukraine

Kelly has raised more than $500,000 by selling his entire NFT collection.

He said, “My story is not the typical astronaut story. I was a bad student growing up — didn’t do well in school, kind of a daydreamer. I found inspiration in a book, which is Tom Wolfe’s ‘The Right Stuff’.”

He added, “So I really, really believe in this idea that inspiration, done in the right way for the right person at the right time, can have extraordinary results. I think the metaverse and crypto[currency] and blockchain will be a big part of our future. So it seemed like the right time for me to get involved”.

Let us get into more details about Scott Kelly in our article today.

Early life and education

Scott Kelly was born in the year 1964 in Orange, New Jersey along with his identical twin brother Mark. Kelly along with his brother completed his studies at West Orange Mountain High School in 1982.

He then enrolled at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Post completion of his freshman year, Kelly transferred to the State University of New York Maritime College.

He received a Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps scholarship and he sailed aboard SUNY Maritime’s training ship, Empire State V, and stopped in Mallorca, Hamburg, and London during the summer.

He completed his Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in the year 1987 and later joined the University of Tennessee to complete his Master of Science degree in aviation systems.

Naval career

Kelly joined as an ensign in the United States Navy. He completed his initial flight school at NAS Pensacola. Initially, he flew the T-34 Mentor propeller-driven trainer plane and was later selected to fly jets.

He then relocated to Beeville, Texas in 1988 for jet training at Naval Air Station Chase Field. He was trained on the T-2 Buckeye and the A-4 Skyhawk and later completed his F-14 training.

In 1994, he was assigned to the Strike Aircraft Test Directorate at Patuxent River and his initial assignment was to investigate the F-14 crash that killed Kara Hultgreen. He was the first pilot to fly the F-14 with the digital flight control system installed.

Kelly retired from U.S. Navy as captain in 2012, after almost 25 years of naval service. He flew more than 8,000 hours in 40 aircraft.

NASA career

In 1995, Kelly along with his brother applied at NASA to become astronauts and eventually got selected. Kelly started training in Astronaut Group 16 at the Johnson Space Center. His first spaceflight was as a pilot of Space Shuttle Discovery during STS-103 in 1999. Kelly retired from NASA in 2016.

During his stint at NASA, Kelly orbited the Earth approximately 8,300 times. The American astronaut has covered a distance of more than 200 million miles.

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