The researchers in question fear this attack could halt critical research that depends on fetal tissue samples -- including researching cures for the Zika virus, Parkinson's disease, HIV, and other fatal conditions.
Kelly now holds the American records for both most total days and longest continuous time spent in space. His time orbiting the earth made him realize how fragile it is -- and how important it is to protect it.
"Diversity -- of thought, perspective, and experience -- is essential for excellence in research and innovation in science and engineering," said the NSF Director. Currently, over half of STEM jobs are held by white men.