His wife, former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, was shot in a 2011 assassination attempt, and the couple founded the group Americans for Responsible Solutions in 2013, following the Sandy Hook mass shooting, to support gun safety legislation.
01 What are you reading? I’m in the middle of The Martian [by Andy Weir] even though I’ve seen 02 How often do you travel? I traveled 216 days last year. 03 What’s your favorite city? New York. In New York, you’re not missing anything. 04 Do you ﬂy private or commercial? Commercial—usually American Airlines because it’s the most convenient out of Tucson [where he lives]. 05 What do you never travel without? My iPad, laptop and Bose noise-canceling headphones. 06 What is the worst mistake you’ve made? Having flown in space four times and commanded the space shuttle, it’s hard to say I’ve made a major mistake. That doesn’t mean that I made all the right decisions, either. I might’ve been lucky. 07 Do you have a favorite space shuttle? Endeavour. It’s the space shuttle I flew on my first flight and my last flight, which was also the last flight of Endeavour. 08 What is your favorite film? A long-standing favorite is Rocky. It’s the classic underdog story. 09 What are you watching on TV? I like Game of Thrones. Recently I started watching The Big Bang Theory. 10 Beer, wine or spirits? I drink a little beer and wine. I like a good cabernet, like a Jordan or a Canis. With beer, I’m good with a Budweiser. 11 What watch do you wear? I really like the new Breitling Emergency. It communicates with the SARSAT [Search and Rescue Satellite] network. If you crash an airplane or are out on a sailboat and need to be rescued, this watch has its own emergency personal locator beacon that communicates with a satellite. [Kelly is a Breitling ambassador.] 12 Favorite restaurant? Mastro’s Steakhouse. They’re in multiple cities I travel to frequently, so I don’t have to go searching for a good restaurant. 13 What do you drive? My wife Gabby got me a Corvette for my 50th birthday. It’s a 2014 C7 Corvette white convertible. It’s your typical Apollo-era astronaut car. 14 Do you race it? There’s a track that I drive on, but I’ve spun around and off the track before—I don’t want to do that in my own car. 15 What keeps you up at night? I’m a pretty good sleeper. But like any parent, I worry about my kids even when there’s nothing to worry about. 16 What’s your worst habit? Running. Not sharing enough information with my mother-in-law. 17 What the best advice you’ve ever received? Always take care of your people. 18 Favorite philanthropy? The organization Gabby and I run, Americans for Responsible Solutions. I’m a gun owner. I’ve got six or seven guns.19 Favorite gun? My 9mm Glock. When I was in my 20s and flying for the Navy, it was the gun I flew into combat with. 20 How would you like to be remembered? As somebody who made a difference in regard to exploration, science and STEM education, and with regard to how violence affects our communities.
This article originally appeared in the April/May 2016 issue of Worth.