July 28, 2011

Mark Kelly Inspires the Nation With His Story of Heroism and Hope

ARLINGTON, Va., July 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Astronaut Mark Kelly will be accepting a limited number of speeches and personal appearances following his retirement from NASA and the US Navy. Kelly has signed a representation agreement with Keppler Speakers.

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A veteran of the Gulf War and four space shuttle missions, Commander Kelly made history serving as commander of Space Shuttle Endeavour's final flight into space. He successfully led both Endeavour and Discovery, and with 6,000 flight hours in more than 50 different aircraft, 39 combat missions, and more than 50 days in space, Mark Kelly is one of America's most experienced pilots.

Already a celebrated American, Mark Kelly became the center of international attention after the January assassination attempt on his wife, US Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Kelly and Giffords are writing a memoir about their experience which will be published late this year.

Jim Keppler, president of Keppler Speakers, says, "The whole world has been captivated by the story of Mark Kelly and Gabby Giffords. Mark's heroism at home, in space, and on the battlefield personify the leadership and strength that is needed in these challenging times." Mark Kelly says, "I look forward to sharing my story with audiences in a way that will allow healing and strength to emerge from a tragic event, and to remind everyone about the resiliency of the human spirit."

Keppler Speakers also represents such prominent public speakers as astronauts Jim Lovell and Eileen Collins, baseball legend Cal Ripken Jr., environmentalists Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Jean-Michel Cousteau, entertainer Garrison Keillor, political figures Bob Dole and Tom Daschle, and numerous others.

For more information on Mark Kelly or Keppler Speakers, please visit www.kepplerspeakers.com.

SOURCE Keppler Speakers