NASA and Space Station Astronauts Salute Americas Veterans This Veteran’s Day

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly salutes all past and present US Veterans from the International Space Station on Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11, 2015. Credit: NASA/Scott Kelly

The entire NASA family on Earth and NASA’s two astronauts serving aboard the Earth orbiting International Space Station (ISS) salute all our country’s brave veterans on this Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11, 2015.

NASA astronauts Scott Kelly and Kjell Lindgren saluted America’s veterans today with out of this world salutes and beautiful photos of the American flag back dropped by Earth from the stations orbital altitude of 250 miles (400 km) above the planet. See above and below.

“NASA salutes our country’s veterans this Veteran’s Day,” wrote NASA Administrator Charles Bolden in a special Veteran’s Day message. Bolden is also a former astronaut and served as Major General in the US Marine Corps.

The photos by Kelly and Lindgren were taken inside the Cupola, the stations most photogenic spot, and posted to their social media pages and the NASA home page.

“Salute from 250 mi above to all past and present veterans and families. You are my heroes. #VeteransDay #YearInSpace,” tweeted Scott Kelly.

Kelly and Lindgren are members of the current six person Expedition 45 crew which comprises six astronauts and cosmonauts from the US, Russia and Japan.

Kelly is a retired U.S. Navy Captain. Lindgren served in the US Air Force Academy.

NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren salutes and thanks all US Veterans and their families from the International Space Station on Veteran’s Day Nov. 11, 2015. Credit: NASA/ Kjell Lindgren

“Thanks to our veterans and their families! Your service makes us strong, your sacrifice keeps us free. #VeteransDay,” tweeted Kjell Lindgren.

Kelly also currently serves as space station commander. He is a member of the first ‘1 Year crew’ to serve on the ISS, now more than halfway through. He also recently set the US records for most time in space and longest single space mission.

The ISS just celebrated 15 years of continuous human occupation last week on Nov. 2, 2015 – detailed in my story here.

In his Veteran’s Days tribute, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden posted this photo of NASA astronaut and Navy Veteran John Young saluting the US flag during his walk on the Moon during the Apollo 16 lunar landing mission in April 1972.

John Young, astronaut and Navy veteran, salutes the U.S. flag at the Descartes landing site during the first Apollo 16 extravehicular activity on April 22, 1972. Credit: NASA, Charles M. Duke Jr.

“In this image, John Young, astronaut and Navy veteran, salutes the U.S. flag at the Descartes landing site during the first Apollo 16 extravehicular activity (EVA-1). Young, commander of the Apollo 16 lunar landing mission, jumps up from the lunar surface as astronaut and Air Force veteran, Charles M. Duke Jr., lunar module pilot, took this picture.”

“The Lunar Module (LM) “Orion” is on the left. The Lunar Roving Vehicle is parked beside the LM. The object behind Young in the shade of the LM is the Far Ultraviolet Camera/Spectrograph. Stone Mountain dominates the background in this lunar scene.”

Thank you to all the veterans who serve our country.

Stay tuned here for Ken’s continuing Earth and planetary science and human spaceflight news.

Ken Kremer

Day 229. Bright night. #GoodNight from @space_station! 11/11/15 Credit: NASA/Scott Kelly
Ken Kremer

Dr. Ken Kremer is a speaker, research scientist, freelance science journalist (KSC area,FL) and photographer whose articles, space exploration images and Mars mosaics have appeared in magazines, books, websites and calendars including Astronomy Picture of the Day, NBC, FOX, BBC, SPACE.com, Spaceflight Now, Science and the covers of Aviation Week & Space Technology, Spaceflight and the Explorers Club magazines. Ken has presented at numerous educational institutions, civic & religious organizations, museums and astronomy clubs. Ken has reported first hand from the Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, NASA Wallops, NASA Michoud/Stennis/Langley and on over 80 launches including 8 shuttle launches. He lectures on both Human and Robotic spaceflight - www.kenkremer.com. Follow Ken on Facebook and Twitter

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