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National Press Club breakfast an all-star lineup with Kelly brothers, Virts

NASA Astronauts Mark Kelly and Terry Virts at a September 14 National Press Club breakfast photo credit Mark Usciak SpaceFlight Insider

Photo Credit: Mark Usciak / SpaceFlight Insider

WASHINGTON D.C. — The National Press Club had an “all star” lineup in terms of guests for the organization’s Sept. 14, 2015, breakfast. On hand were NASA astronauts Terry Virts, Mark Kelly, and a special guest who beamed in from on orbit – Kelly’s brother Scott. The event was held on Monday, Sept. 14, and worked to showcase the scientific research being done on the International Space Station.

The breakfast began at 9 a.m. EDT (13:00 GMT) and had a number of other guests in attendance, including NASA astronaut and retired U.S. Air Force Colonel, Catherine “Cady” Coleman, European Space Agency astronaut, and Italian Air Force Captain Samantha Cristoforetti among others.

National Press Club breakfast Mark Kelly Terry Virts photo credit Mark Usciak / SpaceFlight Insider

Photo Credit: Mark Usciak / SpaceFlight Insider

 

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Starting with the launch of Apollo 15 in 1971, Mark Usciak began using his photographic talents to cover the space program. His efforts have garnered him multiple awards from Aviation Week & Space Technology’s photography contest, which he won in 1995, 1998 and 2003. His work has graced the halls of Congress as well as numerous magazines.

Mark covered NASA’s shuttle program, since the very first liftoff – until the final wheel stop. He has now turned his trained eye to reporting new efforts to cede control of access to low-Earth-orbit to commercial companies as the space agency focuses on sending astronauts beyond the orbit of Earth for the first time in decades.

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