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Commander Scott Kelly's Statements on Saturday's Tragic Shooting
The Expedition 26 crew aboard the orbiting International Space Station observed the National Moment of Silence Monday in honor of the victims of the Tucson, Arizona shooting Saturday. Those victims include Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, wife of STS-134 Commander Mark Kelly, who is the twin brother of Expedition 26 Commander Scott Kelly.

› View video of Scott Kelly’s statement regarding the moment of silence.

Commander Scott Kelly and crew are well informed concerning the tragic events. The crew has access to the internet as well as a special phone link that is used to frequently contact family and friends. Scott Kelly and crew plan to continue their work aboard the station as planned, with a busy weekly schedule ahead. Early on Sunday, Scott Kelly sent the following message to the ground via Twitter and Facebook:

"I want to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers, words of condolences and encouragement for the victims and their families of this horrific event. My sister-in-law, Gabrielle Giffords is a kind, compassionate, brilliant woman, loved by friends and political adversaries alike- a true patriot. What is going on in our country that such a good person can be the subject of such senseless violence? It's a sad day."

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