The Sunday Summit
Sunday, May 7
10 – 11 a.m.
ASCRS Lecture on Science, Medicine and Technology
This lecture was established by ASCRS as a forum for expanding and enriching our appreciation of fields of science and medicine outside the field of ophthalmology. It honors those whose curiosity and constant striving for innovation have led them to investigate aspects of medicine and science that broaden, enliven, and inspire.
Scott Kelly is a former NASA astronaut who is best known for spending nearly a year on the International Space Station and for spending more time in space than any other American. He did two long-duration space station missions and two shorter-duration space shuttle missions between 1999 and 2015.
Back from his historic record-breaking Year In Space, NASA astronaut Captain Scott Kelly has laid the groundwork for the future of space travel and exploration, and continues to garner media exposure like no other pioneer of our time. From the cover of TIME to live interviews on TODAY to features in Forbes and on CNN, to more than 1 million Twitter followers, the world remains in awe as we celebrate a hero’s return to the planet that is home, from an adventure that is extraordinary. With life lessons and personal stories that reveal unique and valuable advice on pushing one’s own limits, to insight on the leadership and teamwork required in such demanding conditions, and the challenges – such as long term deprivation from loved ones and Planet Earth – Kelly reflects on the choices and life events that paved his journey’s path and brings audiences to the edge of their seats as he delivers a truly one-of-a-kind experience.
An astronaut since 1996, Kelly’s achievements over his illustrious 20-year career with NASA earned him the coveted position as America’s first year-round astronaut. On his historic mission that spanned from March 2015 to March 2016, Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko conducted experiments, reconfigured station modules, and captivated the world with live interviews and never-seen-before photos from the International Space Station.
The historic mission also included NASA’s groundbreaking Twins Study, in which Kelly’s identical twin brother, retired NASA astronaut Captain Mark Kelly served on the ground as a control model in an unprecedented experiment to understand how space affects the human body.