KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- NASA Astronaut Captain Scott Kelly toured the Linda Hall Library's rare astronomy archives on Thursday, viewing rare books and sketches from Sir Isaac Newton and Galileo. The library is located at 5109 Cherry Street in Kansas City.
He's scheduled to speak at 7 p.m. Thursday evening at Unity Temple on the Plaza. FOX 4 had a conversation with him in advance, asking him, among other things, if he missed space. He said he did and listed the things he misses.
"Working on something that's really challenging. I miss my crew members, although all those people are back on earth now but when you spend so much time with somebody and you get home and you really don't see them much you definitely miss them. I miss floating around, although it makes stuff more difficult to do, most things. I miss looking at the Earth. I definitely miss being space. I miss the space station. It's an amazing place," Kelly said.
What was the toughest thing about the year he spent in space, in which scientists collected data on him to compare with his twin brother, former astronaut Mark Kelly, who remained on earth?
"You can't leave. You're at work all the time. You can't go outside. No vacation. Actually I did get a few vacations days, like five over the year. Different times," he said.
What does one do on vacation in the space station?
"Stay in your little crew quarters, the size of a phone booth. You do what you do on your day off really," he said.
Kelly told his audience Thursday night that he's doing well and think his body has recovered from the 340 days in space. He said he had flu-like symptoms for months after he returned, including swelling and feeling light-headed when he stood up.
Kelly even talked about the Presidential election.
"I'm excited about us going to Mars someday. I think we can do it. I think we should do it. So I hope whoever wins the election will support NASA and their mission to Mars."
The Linda Hall Library is the world's foremost independent research library devoted to science, engineering and technology. A not-for-profit, privately funded institution, the Library is open to the public free of charge.