He spent a year in space, now he’s readjusting to life on Earth.
“What gets me out of bed every morning, now that I no longer work at NASA,” a question people ask Captain Scott Kelly these days.
He’s officially a retired astronaut, after 20 years.
“Never feeling like I was going to work, always feeling like I was going to my hobby,” he said.
He said adjusting to life back on earth hasn’t been easy, partly because in space “you’re told what to do, when to do it, every single day,” he said. “At first, that’s kind of hard to get used to, but when you get back and you don’t have that anymore, it’s kind of hard to get used to that.”
And then there’s adjusting to life back with gravity. He joked that it’s nice to take a normal shower again.
His first meal back on the ground: a salad. He said it’s because up there you don’t get fresh food.
“I wouldn’t want to spend another year in space though…unless it was going to Mars,” he said, clearly not ruling out more space exploration.
And, after a year in space, he now knows this about himself: “I wouldn’t make a good prisoner.”
He spoke at Trinity University Thursday night.