As an identical twin myself, I have followed the careers of identical twins Scott and Mark Kelly with some interest. Scott Kelly is currently on a year-long mission on the International Space Station along with Russian Cosmonaut Mikhail Korniyenko. The purpose of this mission is to study the effect of weightlessness on the human body, gathering information that will be crucial to the success of longer range missions, such as an eventual trip to Mars.
Kelly volunteered for this inherently dangerous mission because he knows that comparisons between the physiology of himself and his twin are particularly valuable from a scientific standpoint.
I've launched a "We the People" Petition, asking the Obama Administration to award Scott Kelly with the Congressional Space Medal of Honor upon his return.
He will certainly have satisfied the criteria for the medal which is to be awarded to an astronaut "who in the performance of his duties has distinguished himself by
exceptionally meritorious efforts and contributions to the welfare of
the Nation and mankind."
So please go sign the petition and spread the word! We have one month starting today (October 25) to get 100,000 signatures, which will then at least prompt an official reply to the petition.
Click here to add your name to those who think Scott Kelly is worthy of this honor!