Mark Kelly has had a lot of interesting jobs. He was a fighter pilot during Operation Desert Storm, then an astronaut, and now… a children's author??
Mark just published his first book, an illustrated tale for children called Mousetronaut! He says:
"On my first space flight I carried up some mice and I got the idea from one of them. I didn’t do anything about it for a very long time because I was busy flying the space shuttle."
We understand that Mark has a lot more time on his hands since retiring, and writing a book is a great way to spend it. But why not a memoir? Why a children's book?
"Because education is the most important thing I think we do in this country. It touches everything, and to have good books that will interest kids at a young age that they'll read is really important, and kids tend to be interested space and in animals."
Mark is best known to many as the husband of former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Her recovery from a 2011 shooting is still his most important job. He says:
"My primary role is to make sure Gabby has everything she needs… Just making sure she’s all taken care of, that’s my no. 1 job."
We can't wait to read the adorable-looking book from this amazing American hero!
[Images via NASA and Simon And Schuster.]
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