Ex-astronaut Mark Kelly jokes about piloting congressional subway
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Sen. Mark KellyMark KellyWall Street spent .9B on campaigns, lobbying in 2020 election: study The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Tax March - CDC in limbo on J&J vax verdict; Rep. Brady retiring Schumer lays groundwork for future filibuster reform MORE (D-Ariz.) had a bit of Friday morning fun, joking about piloting the congressional subway that runs through the Capitol. 

The former NASA astronaut posted a picture of himself standing beside a Capitol subway operator who was in the driver's seat. 


The Capitol Subway is a people-mover transit system that connects lawmakers with several buildings in the complex. 


Before he defeated former Republican Sen. Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyArizona state senator announces bid for Kirkpatrick's seat Democratic Arizona Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick says she won't seek reelection Senate GOP faces retirement brain drain MORE for the Arizona Senate seat in November, Kelly served as a naval aviator who finished two deployments in the first Gulf War on the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Midway, according to his website

He flew 39 combat missions in Operation Desert Storm. 

Kelly and his twin brother Scott Kelly were selected to be astronauts in 1996, and Kelly flew his first four space missions aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavor. He ended his career in space in 2011. 

Kelly is also the husband of gun reform advocate and former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), who retired from Congress in 2012 after she was shot in an assassination attempt the year before.