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In this Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015 image made from video provided by NASA, astronauts Scott Kelly, left, and Kjell Lindgren, aboard the International Space Station, speak to actors from the movie "The Martian." On Tuesday, Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko clocked in for their 171st day aboard the International Space Station since arriving on March 27. The two are scheduled to spend 342 days in space. (NASA via AP)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Mark Kelly and Scott Kelly appear on NBC News' 'Today' show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
The Soyuz-FG rocket booster with Soyuz TMA-16M space ship carrying a new crew to the International Space Station, ISS, blasts off at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Saturday, March 28, 2015. The Russian rocket carries U.S. astronaut Scott Kelly, Russian cosmonauts Gennady Padalka, and Mikhail Korniyenko. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
BAIKONUR, KAZAKHSTAN - MARCH 28: In this handout provided by NASA, The Soyuz TMA-16M spacecraft is seen as it launches to the International Space Station with Expedition 43 NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly, Russian Cosmonauts Mikhail Kornienko, and Gennady Padalka of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) onboard Saturday, March 28, 2015, Kazakh time (March 27 Eastern time) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. As the one-year crew, Kelly and Kornienko will return to Earth on Soyuz TMA-18M in March 2016. (Photo by Bill Ingalls/NASA via Getty Images)
BAIKONUR, KAZAKHSTAN - MARCH 28: In this handout provided by NASA, The Soyuz TMA-16M spacecraft is seen as it launches to the International Space Station with Expedition 43 NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly, Russian Cosmonauts Mikhail Kornienko, and Gennady Padalka of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) onboard Saturday, March 28, 2015, Kazakh time (March 27 Eastern time) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. As the one-year crew, Kelly and Kornienko will return to Earth on Soyuz TMA-18M in March 2016. (Photo by Bill Ingalls/NASA via Getty Images)
Russia's Soyuz TMA-16M spacecraft carrying the International Space Station (ISS) crew of US astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonauts Gennady Padalka and Mikhail Kornienko blasts off from the launch pad at Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome early on March 28, 2015.  (Photo credit: KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)
Russia's Soyuz TMA-16M spacecraft carrying the International Space Station (ISS) crew of US astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonauts Gennady Padalka and Mikhail Kornienko blasts off from the launch pad at Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome early on March 28, 2015. (Photo credit: KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)
BAIKONUR, KAZAKHSTAN - MARCH 28: In this handout provided by NASA, The Soyuz TMA-16M spacecraft is seen as it launches to the International Space Station with Expedition 43 NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly, Russian Cosmonauts Mikhail Kornienko, and Gennady Padalka of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) onboard Saturday, March 28, 2015, Kazakh time (March 27 Eastern time) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. As the one-year crew, Kelly and Kornienko will return to Earth on Soyuz TMA-18M in March 2016. (Photo by Bill Ingalls/NASA via Getty Images)
BAIKONUR, KAZAKHSTAN - MARCH 27: In this handout provided by NASA, Expedition 43 Russian Cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), top, NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly, center, and Russian Cosmonaut Gennady Padalka of Roscosmos wave farewell as they board the Soyuz TMA-16M spacecraft ahead of their launch to the International Space Station on March 27, 2015 in Baikonor, Kazakhstan. As the one-year crew, Kelly and Kornienko will return to Earth on Soyuz TMA-18M in March 2016. (Photo by Bill Ingalls/NASA via Getty Images)
US astronaut Scott Kelly gestures as his space suit is tested at the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome, prior to blasting off to the International Space Station (ISS), late on March 27, 2015. The international crew of US astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonauts Gennady Padalka and Mikhail Kornienko is scheduled to blast off to the ISS from Baikonur early on March 28. (Photo credit: KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)

(L-R) US astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka wave after their space suits were tested at the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome late on March 27, 2015. The international crew of US astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonauts Gennady Padalka and Mikhail Kornienko is scheduled to blast off to the ISS from Baikonur early on March 28.

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From L: US astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonauts Gennady Padalka and Mikhail Kornienko take part in a sending-off ceremony in the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome late on March 27, 2015. The international crew of US astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonauts Gennady Padalka and Mikhail Kornienko is scheduled to blast off to the ISS from Baikonur early on March 28, Kazakh time. (Photo credit: KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)
US astronaut Scott Kelly waves from a bus during a sending-off ceremony in the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome late on March 27, 2015. The international crew of US astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonauts Gennady Padalka and Mikhail Kornienko is scheduled to blast off to the ISS from Baikonur early on March 28, Kazakh time. (Photo credit: KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)
US astronaut Scott Kelly (R) and his brother Mark pose after a press conference at the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome on March 26, 2015. Russia's Soyuz TMA-16M spacecraft carrying the International Space Station (ISS) crew of US astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonauts Gennady Padalka and Mikhail Kornienko is scheduled to blast off to the ISS from Baikonur early on March 28, Kazakh time.  (Photo credit: KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)
BAIKONUR, KAZAKHSTAN - MARCH 25: The Soyuz TMA-16M spacecraft is raised into the vertical position shortly after arriving at the launch pad, Wednesday, March 25, 2015, at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly, and Russian Cosmonauts Mikhail Kornienko, and Gennady Padalka of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) are scheduled to launch to the International Space Station in the Soyuz TMA-16M spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan March 28, Kazakh time (March 27 Eastern time.) As the one-year crew, Kelly and Kornienko will return to Earth on Soyuz TMA-18M in March 2016. Photo Credit (NASA/Bill Ingalls)
BAIKONUR, KAZAKHSTAN - MARCH 25: The Soyuz TMA-16M spacecraft is rolled out by train to the launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Wednesday, March 25, 2015. NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly, and Russian Cosmonauts Mikhail Kornienko, and Gennady Padalka of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) are scheduled to launch to the International Space Station in the Soyuz TMA-16M spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan March 28, Kazakh time (March 27 Eastern time.) As the one-year crew, Kelly and Kornienko will return to Earth on Soyuz TMA-18M in March 2016. Photo Credit (NASA/Bill Ingalls)
The Soyuz TMA-16M spacecraft is mounted on a launch pad at the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, on March 25, 2015. Russia's Soyuz TMA-16M spacecraft carrying the International Space Station (ISS) crew of US astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonauts Gennady Padalka and Mikhail Kornienko is scheduled to blast off to the ISS from Baikonur early on March 28, Kazakh time. (Photo credit: KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)
The sun rises over a launch pad at the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, on March 25, 2015. Russia's Soyuz TMA-16M spacecraft carrying the International Space Station (ISS) crew of US astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonauts Gennady Padalka and Mikhail Kornienko is scheduled to blast off to the ISS from Baikonur early on March 28, Kazakh time. (Photo credit: KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Carson Daly, Natalie Morales, Savannah Guthrie, Matt Lauer, Mark Kelly and Scott Kelly appear on NBC News' 'Today' show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
U.S. astronaut Scott Kelly, right, crew member of the mission to the International Space Station, ISS, poses through a safety glass with his brother, Mark Kelly, also an astronaut after a news conference in the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Thursday, March 26, 2015. The start of the new Soyuz mission is scheduled on Saturday, March 28.(AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
Former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was seriously injured in the mass shooting that killed six people in Tucson, Ariz. two years ago, sits with her husband, Mark Kelly, right, a retired astronaut, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, prior to speaking before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on what lawmakers should do to curb gun violence in the wake of last month's shooting rampage at that killed 20 schoolchildren in Newtown, Ct. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
STS-134 commander Mark Kelly, right, talks with his twin brother Scott, left, and mission pilot Greg Johnson, center, after arriving at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Tuesday, April 26, 2011. Mark Kelly is the husband of wounded Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. The space shuttle Endeavour and her crew of six astronauts, is scheduled to lift off Friday afternoon on an 14-day mission to the international space station. Scott Kelly is not a member of the STS-134 crew. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
In this image from NASA television astronaut Terry Virts is seen during the third spacewalk outside the International Space Station Sunday March 1, 2015. (AP Photo/NASA-TV)
In this image from NASA-TV shows the Cygnus cargo spacecraft after it was grappled by the International Space Station's Canadarm Wednesday July 16, 2014 as the pair flew over Kenya. The Cygnus spacecraft is filled with over 3,000 pounds of supplies for the International Space Station in the company's second contracted cargo delivery flight to the space station for NASA. (AP Photo/NASA-TV)
Undated picture shows the international space station "ISS" which will be ready for use in 2025. The German space center DLR reported during a news conference in Berlin Friday, March 2, 2001, that the "ISS" even today offers more space for science than the Russian "MIR" space station ever had. (AP Photo/HO)
In this image taken from video provided by NASA, astronauts Rick Mastracchio, top, and Michael Hopkins work to repair an external cooling line on the International Space Station on Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013, 260 miles above Earth. The external cooling line — one of two — shut down Dec. 11. The six-man crew had to turn off all nonessential equipment, including experiments. (AP Photo/NASA)

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- Astronaut Scott Kelly's identical twin pulled a fast one on NASA right before his brother blasted off on a one-year space station mission.

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden told Kelly on Monday that he almost had a heart attack when his brother showed up launch morning without his usual mustache late last week.

"He fooled all of us," Bolden said. Mark Kelly's mustache was "the only way I can tell you two apart."

Mark, a former space shuttle commander, was still clean shaven as of Monday afternoon, as he chatted with Bolden about the unprecedented medical experiments planned on the twins over the coming year. Doctors want to see how the space twin's body compares with his genetic double on the ground.

Scott Kelly arrived at the International Space Station on Friday night following a launch from Kazakhstan. He will remain on board until next March, as will Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko.

It will be NASA's longest spaceflight ever.

"It's like coming to my old home," said Kelly, who spent five months at the space station in 2010-2011.

The White House, meanwhile, sent congratulations Monday.

President Barack Obama's science adviser, John Holdren, wished Kelly, Kornienko and the rest of the crew the best of luck and noted that the yearlong mission is an important milestone on the path to sending humans to Mars in the mid-2030s.

"You guys are all heroes up there, and we're depending on you," Holdren said in a phone hookup.

Mark Kelly, meanwhile, paid tribute to the brothers' father, who stayed behind in Houston for last week's launch. Richard Kelly, a retired and widowed police officer, is the only parent to endure a child's rocket launch so many times - eight between the two.

"He's been a trouper," Mark said.

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FILE - This undated file photo provided by NASA shows astronauts Mark Kelly, right, and Scott Kelly in the check-out facility at Ellington Field near NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston. Scott and his twin Mark are taking part in an unprecedented study of identical twins looking into the effects of prolonged weightlessness. Mark will undergo tests on Earth while his brother Scott will embark on a one-year space station stint. (AP Photo/NASA, File)
FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2010 file photo, U.S. astronaut Scott Kelly, a crew member of the mission to the International Space Station, accompanied by his brother Mark Kelly, right, walks to the rocket ahead of the launch of the Soyuz-FG rocket at the Russian-leased cosmodrome in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. The stars may have finally aligned for the world's only space sibling team. Astronaut Scott Kelly is circling the planet, fresh into a 5½-month space station mission. His identical twin, Mark, will join him next year, if NASA's shuttle schedule holds up. Together, they will become the first blood relatives to meet up in space. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky, File)
FILE - In this May 28, 2008 file photo, Space shuttle Discovery commander Mark Kelly, husband of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, right, gestures as he walks with his twin brother astronaut Scott Kelly, left, and mission specialist Ron Garan, after arrival at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. The shocking gundown of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011 has left NASA reeling: Her astronaut husband was due to rocket away in just three months as perhaps the last space shuttle commander, and her brother-in-law is currently on the International Space Station. (AP Photo/Terry Renna, File)
This image provided by NASA shows astronaut Mark Kelly, STS-124 commander as he floats in the newly installed Kibo Japanese Pressurized Module (JPM) of the International Space Station while space shuttle Discovery is docked with the station. Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Akihiko Hoshide, mission specialist, is at right, on day five of the mission, Wednesday, June 4, 2008. (AP Photo/NASA)
In this handout picture from NASA on Saturday May 31, 2008, commander Mark Kelly is seen at the Kennedy Space Center, Fla. Saturday, May 31, 2008. Space Shuttle Discovery is scheduled to lift off Saturday afternoon with seven crew members on a mission to the International Space Station. His wife, Rep.Gabrielle Giffords will be at the launch. (AP Photo/NASA,Kim Shiflett)
FILE - In this July 1, 2011 file photo, NASA Space Shuttle astronaut Capt. Mark Kelly listens during a luncheon at the National Press Club in Washington. Kelly, who collaborated with his wife, former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, on her memoir, is writing a children's book about a mouse that goes to space. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)
Space shuttle Endeavour commander Mark Kelly thanks friends, family and co-workers during a welcome home ceremony Thursday, June 2, 2011, at a NASA hangar in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)
Redaktionshinweis: Verwendung des Fotos nur zur redaktionellen Berichterstattung und bei Nennung "Stephane Corvaja/ESA"! +++ Die Besatzung der US-Raumfaehre "Endeavour" um ihren Kapitaen, NASA-Astronaut Mark Kelly (r.), posiert am Montag (16.05.11) vor dem Start des US-Raumfaehre "Endeavour" vor dem Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral (Florida). Die US-Raumfaehre "Endeavour" hat am Montag erfolgreich zu ihrem letzten Flug ins All abgehoben. Der Shuttle startete am Morgen (Ortszeit) in Cape Canaveral im US-Staat Florida. Geleitet wird die Mission vom NASA-Astronauten Mark Kelly, dem Ehemann der im Januar bei einem Attentat schwer verletzten US-Kongressabgeordneten Gabrielle Giffords. Die Politikern verfolgte den Start der "Endeavour" vom Kennedy Space Center in Florida aus. (zu dapd-Text) Foto: Stephane Corvaja/ESA/dapd
The astronauts of space shuttle Endeavour, from left, commander Mark Kelly, Canadian born U.S. astronaut Greg Chamitoff, mission specialist Drew Feustel, European Space Agency astronaut Roberto Vittori, of Italy, mission specialist Mike Fincke and British born U.S. astronaut, pilot Greg Johnson, gather for a photo after arriving at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Thursday, May 12, 2011. The astronauts for NASA's next-to-last space shuttle flight returned to Florida on Thursday for another try at launching to the International Space Station. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
The crew of space shuttle Endeavour, from left, commander Mark Kelly, Canadian born U.S. astronaut Greg Chamitoff, mission specialist Drew Feustel, European Space Agency astronaut Roberto Vittori, of Italy, mission specialist Mike Fincke and British born U.S. astronaut, pilot Greg Johnson, wave to the media after their arrival at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Thursday, May 12, 2011. Shuttle Endeavour is due to blast off Monday morning, May 16, 2011 for NASA's next-to-last space shuttle flight. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
Space Shuttle Endeavour commander Mark Kelly, right, drives a car on his way to meet President Barack Obama and his family with an unidentified astronaut at the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Friday April 29, 2011. NASA postponed the final launch of Endeavour due to technical problems. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)
In this picture made available by NASA, the last crew of the space shuttle Endeavour stands together on Launch Pad 39A in front of its external fuel tank and solid rocket boosters at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. on Thursday, April 28, 2011, one day before its final flight. From left are Mission Specialists Michael Fincke, Andrew Feustel, Pilot Greg H. Johnson, Commander Mark Kelly, European Space Agency astronaut Roberto Vittori and Mission Specialist Greg Chamitoff. (AP Photo/NASA, Kim Shiflett)
The crew of space shuttle Endeavour and the International Space Station gather for a joint news conference from the from the International Space Station Thursday, May 26, 2011. Commander Mark Kelly, second row right, says he can't wait to see his wife, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., for the first time from orbit and show her some cosmic views of his spaceship and the planet Earth. A videoconference between Kelly and Giffords is planned for Friday. The commander said he will conduct the video session from the space station's cupola, a glassed-in lookout. (AP Photo/ NASA)
Space shuttle Endeavour crew members from left: commander Mark Kelly, pilot Greg Johnson, mission specialists Mike Finke, European Space Agency astronaut Roberto Vittori of Italy, Drew Feustel and Greg Chamitoff acknowledge the crowd during a welcome home from space ceremony Thursday, June 2, 2011, at a NASA hangar in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)
NASA astronaut and space shuttle Endeavour Commander Mark Kelly speaks during a crew news conference Thursday, March 24, 2011, in Houston. The husband of wounded congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, Kelly says he hopes she can attend the launch next month. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)
An undated image from video provided by NASA shows space shuttle commander Mark Kelly training in a simulator at Johnson Space Center in Houston. Kelly announced Friday, Feb. 4, 2011 that he will return to training to command the scheduled April mission of space shuttle Endeavour's last voyage. Putting aside problems and feelings in little boxes and zeroing in on the tough task at hand _ compartmentalizing _ is what astronauts, military officers, firefighters, surgeons and presidents do all the time. (AP Photo/NASA)
This Aug. 18, 2007 photo made available by NASA shows astronaut Scott Kelly in the Zvezda Service Module of the International Space Station while Space Shuttle Endeavour remains docked with the station. In an interview Wednesday Feb. 2, 2011 with The Associated Press, Kelly said his brother Mark Kelly, husband of wounded Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, is holding up well and that his sister-in-law is improving every day in rehab in Houston. (AP Photo/NASA)
This frame grab made from video taken on Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011 and made available by NASA, shows astronaut Scott Kelly being interviewed aboard the International Space Station. In the interview with The Associated Press, Kelly said his brother Mark Kelly, husband of wounded Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, is holding up well and that his sister-in-law is improving every day in rehab in Houston. (AP Photo/NASA)
FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2010 file photo, U.S. astronaut Scott Kelly, a crew member of the mission to the International Space Station, left, accompanied by his brother, Mark Kelly, also an astronaut and husband of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, right, walk to the rocket ahead of the launch of the Soyuz-FG rocket at the Russian-leased cosmodrome in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. The shocking gundown of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has left NASA reeling: Her astronaut husband was due to rocket away in just three months as perhaps the last space shuttle commander, and her brother-in-law is currently on the International Space Station. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky, File)
NASA astronaut and space shuttle Endeavour Commander Mark Kelly waits to speak before a crew news conference Thursday, March 24, 2011, in Houston. The husband of wounded congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, Kelly says he hopes she can attend the launch next month. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)
This image provided by NASA shows astronaut Mark Kelly, STS-124 commander, as he floats in the hatch between the Harmony node and the newly installed Kibo Japanese Pressurized Module (JPM) of the International Space Station while Space Shuttle Discovery is docked with the station, on day five of the mission, Wednesday, June 4, 2008. (AP Photo/NASA)
This image provided by NASA shows eight of ten astronauts and cosmonauts currently sharing work on the International Space Station share a mealtime on the Zvezda service module. Holding beverage or food packets and partially out of frame on each side of the scene are astronauts Garrett Reisman, left, and Ken Ham, right, mission specialist and pilot, respectively, for the STS-124 mission. Others, from the left are cosmonauts Oleg Kononenko, Expedition 17 flight engineer; Sergei Volkov, Expedition 17 commander; along with astronauts Ron Garan, STS-124 mission specialist; Mike Fossum, mission specialist; Mark Kelly, commander; Karen Nyberg, mission specialist; and Ken Ham, pilot, on day seven of the mission, Friday, June 6, 2008. (AP Photo/NASA)
This image provided by NASA shows the crew of space shuttle Discovery's STS-124 mission after their arrival at NASA Kennedy Space Center's Shuttle Landing Facility Tuesday May 6, 2008. From left are Mission Specialist Greg Chamitoff, Pilot Ken Ham, Mission Specialist Karen Nyberg, Commander Mark Kelly and Mission Specialists Ron Garan, Mike Fossum and Akihiko Hoshide, who represents the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA. On the STS-124 mission, the crew will deliver and install the Japanese Experiment Module – Pressurized Module and Japanese Remote Manipulator System. Discovery's launch is targeted for May 31. (AP Photo/NASA/Kim Shiflett)
This photo released by NASA shows the crew from the shuttle Discovery and the International Space Station as they share a meal on the middeck of the Space Shuttle Discovery while docked with the International Space Station on Sunday June 8, 2008. Pictured counter-clockwise, from the left bottom, are NASA astronauts Mark Kelly, STS-124 commander; Russian Federal Space Agency cosmonaut Sergei Volkov, Expedition 17 commander; NASA astronaut Garrett Reisman, STS-124 mission specialist; Russian Federal Space Agency cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko; NASA astronauts Greg Chamitoff, both Expedition 17 flight engineers; NASA astronaut Mike Fossum, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Akihiko Hoshide, NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg, all STS-124 mission specialists; and NASA astronaut Ken Ham, STS-124 pilot. (AP Photo/NASA)
NASA Administrator Michael Griffin, left, talks with STS-121 Commander Steven Lindsey, center, after the Space Shuttle Discovery made it's return to the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Monday, July 17, 2006. From left: Griffin, Mission Specialist Lisa Nowak, Lindsey, Pilot Mark Kelly and Mission Specialist Michael Fossum. (AP Photo/Robert Sullivan, pool)
In this image made from NASA TV, NASA Administrator Michael Griffin, front right, shakes hands with pilot Mark Kelly, left, as NASA Associate Administrator Rex Geveden, back right, and Commander Steve Lindsey look on after the Space Shuttle Discovery landed at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Monday, July 17, 2006. (AP Photo/NASA TV)
NASA Administrator Michael Griffin, left, talks with Pilot Mark Kelly as they do an inspection of the Space Shuttle Discovery after it's return to the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Monday, July 17, 2006. At right is Commander Steven Lindsey. (AP Photo/Robert Sullivan, Pool)
In this photo provided by NASA, space shuttle Discovery STS-121, Pilot Mark Kelly, smiles as he is fitted with his boots at the Kennedy Space Center, Fla. Tuesday July 4, 2006. Discovery's crew of seven will service the International Space Station and drop off European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Reiter of Germany. (AP Photo/NASA)
This undated photo provided by NASA shows the The STS-121 crew members: mission specialists Stephanie Wilson; Michael Fossum; commander Steven Lindsey; mission specialist Piers Sellers; pilot Mark Kelly; mission specialists Thomas Reiter and Lisa Nowak, from left. The seven member crew is scheduled to lift off Saturday, July 1, 2006, onboard the space shuttle Discovery. (AP Photo/NASA)
STS-121 Commander Steven Lindsey, left, talks with NASA crew escape suit technician Len Groce, right, as they wait for mission pilot Mark Kelly, backround left, after flying in the shuttle training aircraft Wednesday morning June 28, 2006 at the Kennedy Space Center Shuttle Landing Facility in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Seven astronauts are scheduled to lift off Saturday afternoon July 1, onboard the space shuttle Discovery. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
In this image made from NASA TV,Pilot Mark Kelly is helped by NASA personnel before he boards the Space Shuttle Discovery in the White room at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fl. Sunday, July 2, 2006. The crew of seven is preparing for flight after their attempt to launch on Saturday was scrubbed due to weather.( AP Photo/NASA TV)
Space shuttle Discovery commander Steven Lindsey shakes hands with NASA public affairs officer George Diller, right, as the crew, from left, European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Reiter, of Germany, pilot Mark Kelly, mission specialists Michael Fossum, Stephanie Wilson, partially hidden, Lisa Nowak, and British born U.S. astronaut Piers Sellers arrive at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Tuesday June 13, 2007. The crew is at KSC for a dressrehearsay for the scheduled July launch.(AP Photo/Peter Cosgrove)
NASA Astronauts Scott, left, and Mark Kelly, who are twins, pose for a picture in front of a mural at Johnson Space Center in Houston March 25, 1999. In his first space flight, Scott is scheduled to pilot the space shuttle during an emergency repair run to the Hubble Space Telescope this fall. (AP Photo / Michael Stravato)
Former astronaut John Young, with cap, and astronaut Mark Kelly, right, look over a piece of space shuttle Columbia wreckage outside a hangar at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Wednesday Feb. 12, 2003. Young was the commander of Columbia on the first shuttle launch. Thousands of pieces from the space shuttle Columbia began arriving Wednesday at the Kennedy Space Center, where they will be spread out in a huge hangar and at least partially reconstructed by investigators trying to determine what went wrong. (AP Photo/NASA, Kim Shiflett)
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