One of the most well-known astronauts on earth visited the Midstate. Capt. Mark Kelly made hundreds of people laugh at Penn State York Wednesday.
Kelly was a Navy captain, an engineer, and a NASA mission commander. The astronaut spent more than 50 days in space.
“When Mark Kelly was going to be here, I just couldn’t resist coming because everybody wants to see an astronaut,” said Michele Jansen, a Chambersburg resident.
“I was just excited to see an astronaut and learn more about space,” said Katie Burt, of York.
Kelly was the keynote speaker at the Manufacturers’ Associations’ 112th annual event.
“Believe it or not, in Southcentral PA, we have a lot of manufacturers that support space exploration as well as aerospace technology,” said Amanda King, the human resources partner to Manufacturers’ Association.
Kelly opened up about some of his biggest challenges at work and in his personal life, including when his wife Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head.
“I was in a state of shock,” said Kelly, “completely incapacitated by this.”
Giffords survived and the couple triumphed the unimaginable.
Now, Kelly is sharing advice that’s helpful to anyone on the planet.
“There’s never an excuse for not communicating with the people you work with,” said Kelly, “timely and accurate, concise communication.”
Kelly is retired and serves on the Commercial Crew Safety Board at Space X.
His identical twin brother Scott is also an astronaut. Scott spent a year in space, and the two were studied to find out how space affects the body.