Obama Asks Astronaut to Post Instagram Pictures from Space During State of the Union
During President Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday, he made an endearing request to NASA astronaut Scott Kelly, who is about to take a yearlong sojourn into space: "make sure to Instagram it."
During his speech, the President said, "In two months, to prepare us for those missions, Scott Kelly will begin a yearlong stay in space." He then addressed Captain Kelly directly, as the astronaut was sitting in the audience: "So, good luck, Captain-and make sure to Instagram it. I'm proud of you."
This statement led to a long applause, one of the few bipartisan applauses during the speech. Kelly will be part of a groundbreaking NASA study which will observe the effects of long-term spaceflight on the human body, using his twin brother, former astronaut Mark Kelly, as a control group.
Obama also made a reference to the recent NASA Orion launch: "Last month, we launched a new spacecraft as part of a re-energized space program that will send American astronauts to Mars." According to NASA, Orion is the most powerful rocket in the world right now, and may have the capability to send manned missions to Mars.
Obama also mentioned NASA in his entreaty for the public to acknowledge climate change: "I know a lot of really good scientists at NASA, and NOAA, and at our major universities. The best scientists in the world are all telling us that our activities are changing the climate, and if we do not act forcefully, we'll continue to see rising oceans, longer, hotter heat waves, dangerous droughts and floods, and massive disruptions that can trigger greater migration, conflict, and hunger around the globe."