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Astronaut Kelly Honored by Magazine as Scientist of the Year

Astronaut Scott Kelly is no stranger to stardom, having rocketed to fame as the first American to spend a year in space.

In fact, by the time he returns to Earth in March, he will have spent more than 500 days total in orbit, a record for any American and trailing only a small number of cosmonauts.

For that service, R&D Magazine has recognized Kelly, a graduate of the University of Tennessee Space Institute, as its 2015 Scientist of the Year.

While proud of the accomplishments that have made his career possible, Kelly, through a video message relayed to theR&D Magazine annual conference, said he was “humbled, too, because I am representing the hundreds of scientists who designed the experiments being done on ISS today—and in some cases, I am the subject of these experiments.

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