NASA to Study Twin Brothers Scott and Mark Kelly, One in Space and One on Earth

Astronaut Scott Kelly has blasted off into space for a yearlong mission. The twist? A piece of him still remains on Earth – well, sort of.

Scott’s identical twin brother and retired astronaut Mark Kelly will undergo a series of medical examinations and genetic testing on U.S. soil while his brother is up in space, all part of a special NASA experiment called the Twins Study.

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Gabby Giffords to Meet Privately with Sandy Hook Families

Gabrielle Giffords, the former member of Congress from Arizona who was gunned down at a Tucson shopping center two years ago – and then courageously fought to recover from her injuries – will meet privately Friday with the families of the Sandy Hook school in Newtown, Conn.

The event will be held at a private home and is not open to the public.

Gabrielle Giffords Shooter Jared Loughner Sentenced to Life in Prison

Jared Loughner, the man who killed six people and wounded 13 – including Gabrielle Giffords – in a 2011 shooting spree outside of a Tuscon, Ariz., grocery store, was sentenced on Thursday to seven consecutive life terms and 140 years in prison without parole.

“Her life has been forever changed … immeasurably altered,” Giffords’s husband, retired astronaut, Mark Kelly, said in court on Thursday with his wife by his side. “Every day is a continual struggle to do those things she was once so … good at.”

Mark Kelly Pens Children's Book, Still Focused on Wife Gabrielle Giffords's Recovery

Mark Kelly, the astronaut husband of former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, has written a book – but don’t expect it to be about his life.

Instead, Kelly, who flew four shuttle missions and piloted 39 naval combat tours in Operation Desert Storm, has written a children’s book with an astronaut mouse as hero, FOX News reports.