This weekend, NASA will launch Space Shuttle Discovery on a 14-day mission. Every shuttle launch is a momentous occasion, but this one has special meaning for the Department. Navy Commander Mark Kelly, a graduate of the MARAD-operated Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, will serve as the mission's Commander. Commander Kelly will lead the crew as they carry the largest payload so far to the International Space Station and conduct three spacewalks.
We at the Department are proud of all of our Kings Point graduates, and we wish Commander Kelly and the entire Discovery crew the very best on their mission.
-Deputy Secretary Barrett