Astronaut and former US Navy captain Scott Joseph Kelly sold his first art project as an NFT, and donated $500,000 to ambulances and generators for Ukrainians. Kelly is also known for his apt sarcastic comments under the posts of officials and propagandists of the occupying country on social networks.
Among the star ambassadors of United24 are athletes Andrii Shevchenko, Elina Svitolina, and Oleksandr Usyk, creative director of Balenciaga Demna, American actors Liev Schreiber, Mark Hamill and Barbra Streisand, band Imagine Dragons and others.
Scott Kelly spent 520 days, 10 hours, and 33 minutes in space during four flights, and he was continuously in orbit for 340 days.
And as part of the US Navy, he spent more than 3,500 hours in the sky on more than 30 types of aircraft and made more than 250 landings on an aircraft carrier.
In addition, Kelly has medical training, and this is what determined his direction of helping Ukraine.
“In my youth, I worked in emergency medical care as an EMT and ambulance driver and saw with my own eyes how timely medical assistance can save people’s lives. Later, as an astronaut, I always performed the role of a crew medical officer in space, so emergency medical care is important to me. Ukrainian doctors are real heroes today, performing miracles daily under unbelievably challenging and dangerous conditions. I consider it my duty to support Ukraine as they defend democracy against Russian aggression,” Scott said during a conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
On November 27, Scott Joseph Kelly visited the Okhmatdit Children’s Hospital in Kyiv. First, he met with the girl Kateryna, who was injured during the shelling of the station in Kramatorsk. And also talked with other patients of the children’s hospital.
The astronaut told the young Ukrainians about flying into space and presented them with NASA badges that had been with him in Earth’s orbit for over a year. At the same time, the children presented Kelly with a space-themed painting.