Mark Kelly could join a small club of congressmen who have gone to space
Astronaut Mark Kelly announced this week. He's running for John McCain's old Senate seat now Zona CBS Saturday morning. Correspondent Dana Jacobson took a look at the small club of congress. People who have traveled in space. John Glenn blazed the trail both in space and on Capitol Hill. He was the first American to orbit the earth back in one thousand nine hundred sixty two and then became the first astronaut elected to congress in nineteen seventy four and in his last term return to space in one thousand nine hundred ninety eight at the age of seventy seven. Before he was elected to represent New Mexico in the Senate, Jack Schmitt was the last human to walk on the moon, and Jack swagger is responsible for one of the most famous lines in NASA history. Problem twelve years after he and the crew of the Apollo thirteen safely returned to earth after their ill-fated lunar mission. So I was elected to represent Colorado's sixth house district, but he died before he was sworn in of mission. Fifty-one Jake garn became the first sitting member of congress to visit space and the seven-member crew I'm discovering the Utah Senator was head of the subcommittee. Overseeing NASA when he flew aboard space shuttle discovery one thousand nine hundred five former Florida Senator Bill Nelson traveled to space in one thousand nine hundred six while he was a member of the house of representatives. Nelson says the experience of spaceflight and looking back at our planet changed his perspective. If Mark Kelly wins the democratic nomination for his Senate seat, he will likely face another high flier in the general election.