Iowa Astronaut Wants to Fly Orion

From Radio Iowa:  NASA’s unveiled plans for its new space vehicle, called Orion, and an Iowa-born astronaut says he’s itching to be first in line to fly it. Burlington native Jim Kelly has logged more than 38-hundred flight hours in 35 types of aircraft, including piloting the space shuttle Discovery — twice.

Kelly’s last mission was in 2005 to the International Space Station and he’s still waiting for the next assignment. Kelly says he’d jump at the chance to fly Orion. “I’m a test pilot by trade and flying new things is something you always enjoy doing so if I had to pick between the two, I’d pick flying the new one.… Read the rest