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Dec. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA astronaut and retired U.S. Navy Capt.
Scott Kelly has been selected to receive the Magellan Award by the Circumnavigators Club of
New York on
Dec. 14, 2012.
The award is given to individuals who have circumnavigated the globe for the purpose of making the world a better place. Kelly, along with his twin brother, former astronaut
Mark Kelly, will be the 33
rd and 34
th recipients of this award. Past recipients include astronauts
Sally Ride and
The awards dinner and ceremony will take place at
6:30 p.m. EST at the Union League Club, 38 East 37
New York City.
Kelly recently was selected by NASA and its international partners for a one-year mission aboard the International Space Station. Cosmonaut
Mikhail Kornienko of the Russian Federal Space Agency will accompany Kelly on the mission to collect scientific data important to future human exploration of our solar system. The spaceflight veterans will launch aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in
Kazakhstan in spring 2015 and return in spring 2016.
Kelly is from
West Orange, N.J. He has degrees from the
State University of New York Maritime College and the
University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He served as a pilot on space shuttle mission STS-103 in 1999, commander on STS-118 in 2007, flight engineer on Expedition 25 to the International Space Station in 2010 and commander of Expedition 26 in 2011. Kelly has logged more than 180 days in space.
The Circumnavigators Club is devoted to bringing together those men and women who have circumnavigated the globe. The club's purpose is to encourage global fellowship and understanding and provides a forum for intellectual exchange.