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NASA's Charlie Bolden on astronaut Scott Kelly's retirement

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From NASA Release:

Scott Kelly speaks to family, friends and NASA officials after arriving in Houston.

Kelly was greeted upon arrival on U.S. soil by Dr. Jill Biden, Second Lady of the United States, Mark Kelly, former astronaut and Scott's twin brother, Dr. John Holdren, director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, Charles Bolden, NASA administrator, and Ellen Ochoa, director of NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston.
Credits: NASA TV

The following is a statement from NASA Administrator Charles Bolden on the retirement of astronaut Scott Kelly:

“When the first Americans set foot on Mars, they will be following in the footsteps of one of the finest astronauts
in the history of the space program, my friend, Commander Scott Kelly. 

"After spending an American record 520 days in space – including his Year in Space – I can think of no one more deserving of some well-deserved rest and time on the same planet as his family
and friends.

“All of us in the NASA family -- and indeed in the broader scientific community -- are grateful that he was willing
to sacrifice time with his loved ones, meals that don’t come in a bag, a cold beer, hot showers, cool autumn breezes, the sounds of birds chirping, the ability to lay his head on an actual pillow and so much more of the pleasures of life during his year of
research and experimentation the International Space Station.

“We will never forget the 700 stunning images he posted to social media, the leadership he demonstrated as ISS Commander
for the last six months and, most of all, the impact that all his missions and years of service will continue to have on our Journey to Mars."

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