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Scott Kelly - image courtesy of NASA

Former Astronaut Kelly Honored as Distinguished Alumnus

Former NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly was one of seven UT alumni honored by the university with a Distinguished Alumnus or Distinguished Alumna award at a recent ceremony.

Kelly, who set an American record for longest single mission in space at 342 days, earned his masters from UT Space Institute while still in the US Navy through UTSI’s distance learning program.

In total, Kelly spent 520 days in space across multiple shuttle and International Space Station missions.

The award is given to those who have attained extraordinary national or international distinction.

More on the awards can be found from the Alumni Foundation.