And on an unconscious level, he may no longer have been pushing himself. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. Or maybe it’s that the immune system, which never evolved for survival in space, simply gets confused. His immune system produced a host of new signals. Please ignore rumors and hoaxes. “Is it good or bad? Solving that mystery might shed light on ordinary aging and the diseases it brings. Jerry Shay, a cell biologist at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, was much more optimistic. In an interview, Mr. Kelly speculated those difficulties might be to blame for his cognitive scores.

Peter Campbell, a cancer biologist at the Wellcome Sanger Institute in Britain who was not involved in the new study, said scientists can’t predict what the extra mutations will mean for Mr. Kelly’s health.

“We have these two guys who are genetically identical,” Mr. Kelly recalled telling them. Strangely, the average length of Mr. Kelly’s telomeres increased in space, rather than decreasing, as if his cells were becoming more youthful. “People have asked me, ‘Well, is going to space the fountain of youth?’” said Dr. Bailey. Kim, We are thinking of you and your family at this difficult time. Some considered the risks manageable, while others wondered whether it would ever be safe for astronauts to take long journeys to Mars or beyond. Scott M. Kelly was born on June 5, 1964 in Victoria, Texas and passed away on October 30, 2020 in Austin, Texas and is under the care of Colonial Funeral Home. “We’re going to learn from that, and we’re going to be smarter about the questions we ask. NASA scientists compared the astronaut to his earthbound twin, Mark. But others — including genetic mutations and, after his return, declines in cognitive test scores — did not correct themselves, provoking concern among scientists.

“Because this is really scary.”. Following school, Scott lived an adventurous life working mainly in the restaurant industry in Texas and Colorado. He saved his urine. Meanwhile, Scott floated in microgravity aboard the International Space Station some 400 kilometers (250 miles) above the planet. His microbiome gained new species of bacteria. Thousands of genes that were once quiet increased their activity — genes that remained quiet in Mark Kelly’s body back on Earth. Two hundred and forty miles below, Mr. Kelly’s twin brother, Mark, who also served as an astronaut, carried out identical tests. His Body Is Not Quite the Same. But Mr. Kelly’s body was also altered in some surprising ways. He naturally flourished in the industry by using his witty-charm and creativeness to market and deliver Anheuser-Busch products to various Houston stores and bars. His body showed signs of intense stress, and his immune system was in high gear. Scott had a great ear for music and had a wealth of knowledge of various musical genres but was especially fond of singer-songwriters. “Maybe he got a viral infection,” he speculated. The researchers also found that Mr. Kelly didn’t do as well on his return on cognitive exams. Let us know how we can help you during this challenging time. By comparing the brothers, NASA hoped to better understand the changes that Scott Kelly experienced during his mission.

Above all, Scott was a devoted humanist who cared deeply for those around him. Although astronauts have been carried aloft for almost six decades, there’s much about life in space that scientists still don’t understand.

Most of all, he loved his brothers and sisters in the Houston Fire Department. But Dr. Basner noted that Mr. Kelly also faced a lot of demands back on Earth, including a busy schedule of television interviews and public speaking. If it is, you’re going to have to stay up there forever.”. In the run-up to the mission’s announcement, Mr. Kelly asked officials if they had any plans to compare him to his twin. “This is why you want to see it in more people.”. He is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews. He went on to attend Texas State University where he was an active member of Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity. Know you are not alone. We just know it’s more,” Dr. Mason, a co-author of the new study, said of the immune activity. His favorite way to relax was hanging out in his “man cave” in his garage while blaring his favorite artists. August 06, 2019 | Brookshire, TX | Coworker, Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers. There’s a lot of fascinating stuff to go measure. Therefore, in lieu of flowers, donations can be made online at or by check made payable to the Scott Kelly Higher Education Trust and mailed to the Law Offices of Patrick R. Kelly, 6116 N. Central Expwy., #1201, Dallas, TX 75206.". The longer Scott Kelly stayed aloft, the greater the number of genes becoming active. To read the full obituary, please click here: “We see them appear in flight, and then they persisted afterward,” Dr. Mason said. Celebration of Life Memorial Service to be held at a later date, receive updates when new memories are posted,, © 2020 SCI SHARED RESOURCES, LLC. In 2005, Scott solidified the first step of what was not only a new occupation, but also his new calling, when he graduated from the Houston Fire Academy of Class #33. As people age, their telomeres tend to get shorter.

In his 2017 memoir, “Endurance,” Mr. Kelly describes struggling after his return with pain, sleeping troubles and other woes. Scott eventually remarried to Jessica Champion. For additional information, please view the complete Scott Kelly obituary at the Victoria Advocate newspaper obituaries:

He saved his urine. In addition to being survived by his wife, Jessica Lynette (Champion) Kelly, his daughter Kiersten Ann Kelly, son Clayton Randall Kelly, and the mother of his children, Holli (Anderson) Garza, Scott is survived by his parents Beverly and Benton Kelly, as well as his biological father Joseph Clay, his brother Patrick Kelly and sister-in-law Amanda Kelly, and sister Kimberly King and brother-in-law Adam King. Scott Joseph Kelly of Houston, Texas passed away and went to be with the Lord on August 1, 2019, at the age of 45. DNA mutated in some of his cells. What exactly triggers those changes isn’t clear. But going to space also might have awakened a quiet population of stem cells in Mr. Kelly’s body, Dr. Bailey said. The results hint at what humans will have to endure on long journeys through space. He held a lifelong passion for writing and found success as a published author.