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Luckily, Oleg Skripochka happened to hit an antenna that bounced him back toward the space station, enabling him to grab on and save his life, according to Kelly.Even though he was aboard the space station at the time, Kelly said he didn't learn about it until his yearlong mission five years later, when it casually came up in conversation with other cosmonauts. Wednesday, the Russian Space Agency's press department said it contacted Skripochka, who did not confirm Kelly's account. The 53-year-old Kelly said he didn't discover his passion for aviation and space until reading Tom Wolfe's 1979 book "The Right Stuff" in college.Kelly figured he might write a book, given it was NASA's longest single spaceflight ever.Kelly's identical twin brother, Mark, also a former Navy pilot and NASA astronaut as well as author, was among the several people who read early drafts. Scott Kelly devotes several pages to the 2011 shooting of his sister-in-law, former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. Back on Earth and now retired for 1 ½ years, Kelly said he misses being in space.
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