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senate Bill S. Res. 385

Congratulating NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly on His One-Year Space Mission

Argument in favor

Astronaut Scott Kelly’s successful one-year space mission is a remarkable achievement for him personally and for NASA that merits congratulations from the Senate.

Grant's Opinion
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03/11/2016
It's quick and cheap, so there is little reason not to. Also, it celebrates an achievement in STEM that we need to emphasize because it will draw more people into this fascinating field, which is far more important for the senate to do than try to repeal the affordable care act again after over 60 unsuccessful attempts. We need to put more emphasis on STEM and bringing this country together - congratulating Scott Kelly would do both.
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Jc's Opinion
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03/12/2016
It's frontiersman like Kelly that have pushed humanity to where we are today. He is an American Hero.
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03/11/2016
This is a monumental step forward in space travel that deserves to be recognized by this Congress.
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Argument opposed

While Scott Kelly and NASA both deserve recognition for their accomplishment, the Senate doesn’t need to go on record applauding them with a formal resolution.

Hameltor's Opinion
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03/11/2016
I don't think we should celebrate aliens entering our country under any circumstance. Send him back!
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Michael's Opinion
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03/11/2016
There are more important things the senate should be doing. Not taking away from the achievement at all though, I'm a huge advocate for further space travels.
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BTSundra's Opinion
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03/11/2016
Let's focus on things pertinent to the state of our nation.
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simple resolution Progress


  • The senate Passed March 8th, 2016
    Passed by Voice Vote
      senate Committees
      Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
    IntroducedMarch 3rd, 2016

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What is Senate Bill S. Res. 385?

This resolution congratulates National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) astronaut Scott Kelly for the historic achievement in completing a one-year space mission, and on the successful return to Earth, the U.S., and his family. It applauds the contributions of his mission to U.S. scientific progress.

The resolution recognizes that Kelly’s one-year mission contributed to research on the effects of long-duration spaceflight on the human body and mind, as such studies into human health are critical to the future of human space exploration.

As a simple resolution, this legislation would not advance to the House if approved by the Senate.

Impact

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly; NASA; and the Senate.

Cost of Senate Bill S. Res. 385

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) introduced this resolution to honor fellow New Jersey resident Scott Kelly — a NASA astronaut who completed a one-year mission in space on February 29, 2016:

“This is a proud moment for New Jersey and for our country as we celebrate Scott Kelly’s safe return home. This resolution honors his outstanding contribution to science and exploration in the name of international cooperation. I am extremely proud to welcome this fellow New Jerseyean and lover of science home and I congratulate him on his record-breaking voyage.”

This resolution currently has six cosponsors in the Senate, including five Democrats and one Republican.


Of Note: Scott Kelly is a NASA astronaut who had completed several missions into space before being selected to participate in a long duration spaceflight to study the effects of being in space for one-year on human physiology. Changes in his physical, mental, and genetic makeup will be compared to his own pre-departure data, and his identical twin brother Mark, who is a retired astronaut.


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Summary by Eric Revell
(Photo Credit: Flickr user cwkarl)

Official Title

A resolution recognizing the historic achievement of astronaut Scott Joseph Kelly of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration as the first person of the United States to complete a continuous 1-year mission in space.

    It's quick and cheap, so there is little reason not to. Also, it celebrates an achievement in STEM that we need to emphasize because it will draw more people into this fascinating field, which is far more important for the senate to do than try to repeal the affordable care act again after over 60 unsuccessful attempts. We need to put more emphasis on STEM and bringing this country together - congratulating Scott Kelly would do both.
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    I don't think we should celebrate aliens entering our country under any circumstance. Send him back!
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    There are more important things the senate should be doing. Not taking away from the achievement at all though, I'm a huge advocate for further space travels.
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    Let's focus on things pertinent to the state of our nation.
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    This needed to be legislation???? A few congressman couldn't call a press conference and say "Good Job"? Do they propose bills on what's going to be for lunch? The least productive Congress in US history, good job congress!
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    I think he is remarkable & has served the country admirably but this is NOT the stuff of legislation. He can be adequately honored without wasting staff time & tax payers money!
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    It's frontiersman like Kelly that have pushed humanity to where we are today. He is an American Hero.
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    While this a remarkable feat, it's not something that congress needs to waste their time on. We all do our jobs with little or no recognition.
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    Space exploration is humanity's future. We need to celebrate all of our brave astronauts. Our officials acknowledging such accomplishments can be great for raising public awareness about space exploration and technologies.
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    A tenth of a penny. That's what the average tax payer gives NASA each year. (Paraphrased from Neil deGrasse Tyson.) It's not a waste of money. Space travel has resulted in many bi-products that have benefited society. No, congress shouldn't NEED to congratulate Kelly, but his work, and the work of all those behind him are for the betterment of mankind, and I think it's worth the 20 seconds it would take to say "good job!"
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    He did his job. It's a great thing he did, but it was his job. No one else gets such recognition for doing their job, so Congress should just try doing theirs and stop trying to shift people's focus away from their frankly criminal apathy and neglect of their duties.
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    This is a monumental step forward in space travel that deserves to be recognized by this Congress.
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    While what he accomplished was commendable, there are issues more important than this. This is a waste of time and taxpayer dollars.
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    The Senate needs to get off their collective asses, do the job they were elected to do, and faithfully represent the people who elected them.
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    Is this a real question?
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    Seems like a waste if you ask me. All Kelly did was take a year-long off-world vacation.
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    Not what I'm paying you for.
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    How about acknowledging ALL the VETS who have multiple tours, 3, 4, or 5 times to the Middle East? Especially those returning injured or suffering from PTSD. SHAME ON OUR LEADERSHIP.
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    The time spent on this bill and acknowledging only one of thousands of people (or more) with extraordinary accomplishments takes the necessary time needed by our Senators to review and act on truly needed legislation.
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    Not like they're doing anything else productive or useful.
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