3 astronauts inducted into Hall of Fame at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

Michael E. Lopez-Alegria, Pamela A. Melroy and Scott Kelly inducted during Saturday ceremony

Scenes from the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Heroes and Legends exhibit. (Image: Adrianna Iwasinski/News 6)

MERRITT ISLAND, Fla. – Three veteran astronauts will be inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame Saturday morning at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

Michael E. Lopez-Alegria, Pamela A. Melroy and Scott Kelly were inducted as part of the 2020 class. The three were selected as inductees in 2020, but the ceremony was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Kennedy Space Center.

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NASA Administrator Bill Nelson also made remarks at the ceremony.

Lopez-Alegria was selected as a NASA astronaut in 1992 and is a veteran of four space flights, logged more than 257 days in space and performed 10 spacewalks, according to NASA.

The space agency said Melroy, who is also deputy administrator for NASA, was selected as a NASA astronaut in 1994, logged more than 924 hours in space and is a veteran of three space shuttle missions.

Kelly was selected by NASA as an astronaut in 1996, served a one-year mission on the International Space Station as a flight engineer then as a commander where almost 400 experiments were conducted, according to NASA. He also served as pilot on his first space shuttle mission and commander on his second, according to the space agency.

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