Mark Kelly

  • Aired:  10/08/12
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Former astronaut Mark Kelly recalls the Endeavour's final mission, Stephen's shuttle landing and the story behind "Mousetronaut." (5:37)

>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK, EVERYBODY.

MY GUEST TONIGHT IS A FORMER ASTRONAUT WHOSE NEW CHILDREN'S BOOK IS TITLED MOUSETRONAUT.

I THINK IS ABOUT A BEFORE WHO BECOMES A FIREMAN.

PLEASE WELCOME MARK KELLY.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE) HEY, MARK, GOOD TO SEE YOU AGAIN.

SIT DOWN.

>> THANK YOU.

>> ALL RIGHT.

A WE ARE FRIEND IT, WELL-KNOWN TO MY VIEWERS.

WERE A NAVY CAPTAIN.

>> YES.

>> Stephen: YOU COMMANDED THE FINAL MISSION OF THE SPATIALCIOUS ELLEN DEFER.

YOU FLEW 39 COMBAT MISSIONS, THE FIRST IRAQ WAR.

YOU'RE ALSO THE HUSBAND OF GABBIE GIFFORDS.

HOW IS SHE DOING?

>> SHE IS DOING GREAT.

WE RECENTLY MOVED BACK TO TUCSON, ARIZONA SO SHE'S VERY HAPPY TO GET BACK TO HER HOMETOWN.

>> Stephen: LOVED SEEING HER AT DNC.

AS A GUY WHO IS AN ASTRONAUT WHO HAS FLOWN THE SHUTTLE FOUR TIME ITS AND HAD 39 COMBAT MISSIONS, DID YOU

EVER THINK YOU'D BE THE SECOND MOST HEROIC PERSON IN YOUR MARRIAGE?

>> NO.

WELL, I ALWAYS KNEW SHE WOULD BE THE MOST HEROIC.

I MEAN SHE IS JUST SPECIAL, SPECIAL PERSON.

>> Stephen: NOW WHEN YOU WERE STILL FLYING AS BE ASTRONAUT, GABBY WAS A CHAIR OF THE SPACE ANDARY NAUGHT

ECK SUBCOMMITTEE.

>> SHE WAS.

>> DID SHE EVER SAY YOU HAVE TAKEN OUT THE GARBAGE YET AND YOU SHOOT BACK LIKE, HAVE YOU OKAYED OUR FUNDING YET?

>> WELL, NO, I WOULD ACTUALLY ASK HER FOR MORE MONEY FOR NASA FREQUENTLY.

BUT NO, SHE NEVER GAVE IT TO US.

BUT I DID ASK.

>> Stephen: THAT'S TOUGH.

OKAY.

NOW YOU AS I SAID YOU FLEW THE LAST SHUTTLE MISSION.

BUT ALSO SOMETHING MORE IMPORTANT THAN THAT, ABOUT A YEAR BEFORE THAT YOU TRAINED ME HOW TO BE AN ASTRONAUT.

WE GOT IN RIGHT THERE AS YOU CAN SEE.

WE GOT INTO THE COCKPIT OF THE SHUTTLE AND I LANDED THAT BAD BOY, DID I NOT.

>> YOU DID.

I GOT TO TELL YOU.

>> DID I IMPRESS YOU.

>> YOU DID A FANTASTIC JOB.

I WAS VERY SURPRISED.

(LAUGHTER)

>> Stephen: SURPRISED THAT I DID A GOOD JOB OR THAT ANYONE WOULD BE THAT GOOD.

>> MAYBE IT WAS ANYBODY.

>> Stephen: ANYBODY WOULD THAT BE GOOD.

HERE'S MY BONE TO PICK WITH YOU, SIR.

I WAS LOOKING FOR A BACKUP POSITION IF THIS JOB EVER FALLS THROUGH AND THAT ENTIRE OCCUPATION DISAPPEARED ONE YEAR LATER.

>> IT DIDN'T DISAPPEAR.

>> Stephen: THERE IS NO SHUTTLE PILOT ANY MORE.

>> WELL, THAT'S TRUE.

THERE IS NO SPACE SHUTTLE ANY MORE BUT WE ARE, NASA IS LOOKING FOR NEW ASTRONAUTS.

I THINK YOU SHOULD RECONSIDER YOUR APPLICATION.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> Stephen: BUT LISTEN, I HEAR YOUR CALL TO GREATNESS, DON'T GET ME WRONG BUT AREN'T WE JUST HITCHING RIRDS

WITH THE RUSKIES RIGHT NOW.

>> WE ARE, IT IS UNFORTUNATE, $50 MILLION A SEAT.

>> Stephen: $50 MILLION.

>> IT IS NOT A GOOD POSITION TO BE IN BUT WE'VE GOT REALLY SOME GOOD COMPANIES OUT THERE, A COMPANY LIKE

SPACE X JUST LAUNCHED YESTERDAY.

>> Stephen: THEY'RE UP THERE RIGHT NOW GOING AROUND.

>> HEADING TO THE SPACE STATION, UNFORTUNATELY THERE ARE NO PEOPLE ON BOARD BUT THEY WILL GET THERE.

I'M REALLY CONFIDENT, GIVE THEM FOUR OR FIVE YEARS AND WE'LL BE BACK IN THAT BUSINESS.

>> Stephen: WHAT IS THE DEAL SINCE YOU WERE THE LAST SHUTTLE COMMANDER TO PULL AWAY FROM THE INTERNATIONAL

SPACE STATION, WHAT DID YOU TURN TO THE RUSSIANS SAND SAY SUCK MY SPUTNIK, WHAT DID YOU-- DID YOU DROP A

BOTTLE OF TANG AND GO U.S. --

>> BOTTLE OF VODKA BZ.

>> Stephen: BOTTLE OF VODKA.

OKAY.

NOW YOU HAVE DONE ALL THESE HEROIC THINGS BUT ITS MOST HEROIC THING POSSIBLY IS YOU HAVE ENTERED PUBLISHING.

YOU HAVE A NEW BOOK CALLED MOUSETRONAUT AND IT'S ADORABLE.

BUT IT'S ALSO BASED ON A TRUE STORY, ISN'T IT?

>> IT IS.

>> Stephen: TELL THE PEOPLE WHERE THE STORY CAME FROM.

>> ON MY FIRST SPACE SHUTTLE FLIGHT WE WILL 18 MICE ON BOARD.

>> Stephen: ON PURSE.

>> ON PURPOSE.

THEY DIDN'T CLIMB UP THE ROPE SO WE HAD 18 ON BOARD AND 17 OF THEM REALLY DID NOT LIKE THIS EXPERIENCE.

THEY WERE LATCHED ON TO THE INSIDE OF THE CAGE WITH THEIR LITTLE MOUSE TOES AND FINGERS.

BUT ONE OF THEM SEEMED TO REALLY GET IT.

HE WOULD FLY OVER AND DRINK HIS WATER AND FLY OVER AND EAT HIS FOOD.

>> Stephen: REALLY.

>> OCCASIONALLY HE WOULD DO A FLIP AND THAT'S WHAT THAT BOOK IS BASED ON IS THAT LITTLE GUY.

>> Stephen: DID YOU TAKE Z YOU LEARN ANY LESSONS FROM THE MOUSE.

WHO WAS MORE COMFORTABLE IN SPACE, YOU OR THAT MOUSE.

>> I WAS IN CHARGE OF THE MOUSE.

BUT I DID LEARN-- .

>> Stephen: REALLY, YOU WERE IN CHARGE OF THE MOUSE.

>> THAT WAS ONE OF MY SMALL JOBS.

>> Stephen: WOW.

>> I WAS THE PILOT/ANIMAL HANDLER.

>> Stephen: WHAT WERE YOU HOPING TO LEARN FROM THE MICE IN SPACE IS THIS ONE OF THE THINGS WHERE IT DOESN'T

END WELL FOR THE MICE OR --

>> LET ME JUST SAY WHEN I GOT OFF THE SPACE SHUTTLE HE WAS DOING JUST FINE.

HE WAS DOING OKAY.

SO DIDON'T KNOW WHAT HATCHED.

>> Stephen: HE WAS FINE WHEN I LEFT THE PARTY.

I DON'T KNOW WHAT HAPPENED.

WHEN YOU WERE UP THERE, I GOT A TREADMILL NEWSPAPER SPACE.

SHOW THE TREADMILL THERE.

THIS IS THE COLBERT TREADMILL.

IT IS THE COMBINED OPERATIONAL LOAD BEARING EXTERNAL RESISTANCE TREADMILL.

OKAY.

DID YOU EVER USE MY TREADMILL WHEN YOU WERE UP THERE.

>> NO, A YEAR AGO I THINK I MAY HAVE BROKEN IT.

>> Stephen: SERIOUSLY.

>> MAYBE.

NO I DON'T KNOW.

I THINK IT'S PROBABLY BEEN FIXED.

>> Stephen: SURE, SURE, I'M SURE THE MOUSE IS FINE TOO.

WELL, MARK KELLY, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING ME.

THE BOOK IS MOUSETRONAUT.

GIVE YOUR KID SOMETHING TO SHOOT FOR.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

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