Astronaut Scott Kelly, who spent nearly a year in space, to speak on Oct. 3

September 4, 2018

Scott Kelly, former commander of the International Space Station and U.S. Navy captain, will speak at CU Boulder’s Macky Auditorium on Oct. 3. Kelly is being hosted by the Distinguished Speakers Board, a CU Boulder student-led organization.

Doors will open at 6:15 p.m., with the event beginning at 7:30 p.m. Audience members are encouraged to submit questions for Kelly via #KellyCU on Twitter or Facebook, which will be posed during a moderated Q&A following the speech.

Kelly began his career as a fighter and test pilot for the U.S. Navy. As the American record holder for the most consecutive days spent in space, Kelly has flown on four space flights, serving on three International Space Station missions. Kelly has also won numerous awards, including the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal and Navy Achievement Medal. His book, Endurance: A Year in Space, a Lifetime of Discovery, was recently featured on The New York Times best seller list.

“Kelly is a highly distinguished speaker and astronaut, who has captivated the world while laying the groundwork for future space travel and exploration,” said CU Boulder student Jessica Yan, chair of the Distinguished Speakers Board. “Kelly, with his humor and wit, will share the extraordinary story of his 143-million-mile adventure and year spent in space.”

The Distinguished Speakers Board is a student-run cost center of CU Student Government. Past speakers the board has hosted include Anderson Cooper, Brené Brown, Laverne Cox, Edward Snowden (via videoconference), Rudy Giuliani, Madeleine Albright and many more.

CU Boulder and the Distinguished Speakers Board are committed to providing equal access to individuals with disabilities. If you are planning to attend this event and will require accommodations, please contact no later than seven days prior to the event. We will make all reasonable efforts to fulfill requests submitted after the deadline, but may not be able to do so depending on the nature of your request. For further information on the accessibility of Macky Auditorium, please consult: