A veteran U.S. astronaut and 1996 UT Space Institute graduate has blasted off for the International Space Station (ISS), according to an AP/WVLT report. Scott Kelly and his two Russian cosmonaut colleagues lifted in Russia’s first all-digital Soyuz TMA-01M. In November, Kelly will become part of history when he meets his identical twin brother Mark on the ISS. He will spend time aboard the ISS as part of Expedition 25 and 26. Mark Kelly will command the Shuttle Endeavour. Once in space, the Kelly brothers will become the first two blood relatives to be in orbit at the same time.