I am Scott Kelly, retired NASA astronaut. AMA!
Hello Reddit! My name is Scott Kelly. I am a former NASA astronaut, a veteran of four space flights including a year living on the International Space Station that set the record for the single longest space mission by an American astronaut, and a participant in the Twins Study.
I wanted to do another AMA because I was astounded to learn that that according to the 3M State of Science Index, nearly 40 percent of people think that if science didn’t exist, their everyday life wouldn’t be all that different. [https://www.3m.com/3M/en_US/company-us/about-3m/state-of-science-index-survey/?utm_medium=redirect&utm_source=vanity-url&utm_campaign=3M.com/scienceindex]
I’m here to talk more about why it’s important that everyone values science and appreciates the impact it has on our lives. I'm ready to answer questions about my time in space, the journey that got me there (despite initially being distracted in school and uninterested in science), and hear from you about how we get more people to appreciate and recognize the importance of science.
EDIT: Thank you everyone for your questions! I enjoyed the discussion and am excited to keep helping others appreciate the importance of science. Thanks for joining!