This Friday at 9:30 a.m. MDT, Research Quest Live will host a very special guest. Astronaut Scott Kelly is a long-time friend of NHMU. He previously spoke to an audience at the Museum while spending a year in space aboard the International Space Station. This Friday, Scott will be joining us virtually from the comfort of his own home to share lessons learned on maintaining motivation in the isolation of space.
Who better to teach us about overcoming our current trials of social isolation than a record holder for the single-longest space flight mission? For 340 days, from 2015–2016, Scott traveled more than 200 million miles and orbited Earth more than 8,300 times!
During that time he had to endure endless work in confined spaces, all while maintaining the high level of alertness required of any astronaut. In his own words in a recent New York Times op-ed, "When I went to sleep, I was at work. When I woke up, I was still at work. Flying in space is probably the only job you absolutely cannot quit."
Now, Scott hopes to tell his story to inspire students, teachers, and parents during this time of school closures and social isolation. In Friday's conversation hosted on Research Quest Live, he will also offer advice on the importance of developing critical thinking skills and will be answering your questions—so get them ready!