Into the Future
A sold-out Texas Hall crowd heard Mark Kelly discuss America’s future and his career as an astronaut and naval aviator during his Maverick Speakers Series presentation in February. Kelly flew 39 carrier-based combat missions in Operation Desert Storm and was commander of the final voyage of the space shuttle Endeavour. “I’m a prime example of somebody who was able to overcome a lack of aptitude with practice, persistence, and the drive to never, ever, ever give up,” he said. Kelly is married to former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who survived a 2011 assassination attempt. He and his wife recently formed Americans for Responsible Solutions to encourage elected officials to support responsible gun ownership.