Commander of the International Space Station Scott Kelly—still aboard the ISS as part of his year-long mission—had a brief Twitter chat with President Barack Obama Tuesday, prior to Obama’s final State of the Union speech:

As the reply from Commander Kelly indicates, he’ll be asleep by the time President Obama delivers his SOTU discourse (at 9 p.m. EST), but last year Kelly was very much a part of the annual national address:

…and the good vibes between Kelly and the POTUS were also present when Mr. Obama gave the astronaut a shout-out during his January 8 CNN town hall:

In fact, President Obama has been especially on-point when it comes to checking in with Kelly:

Furthermore, the promise to Instagram from space has been well-kept:

Day 289. Out over the blue. #GoodNight from @ISS! #YearInSpace #blue #Bahamas #ocean #earth #space #spacestation #iss

A photo posted by Scott Kelly (@stationcdrkelly) on

Goodbye #USA. See you in March 2016! (or from 250 miles up at 17,500 MPH) #ISS1year

A photo posted by Scott Kelly (@stationcdrkelly) on

Commander Kelly is scheduled to return to Earth on March 3, 2016, by which time he will have compiled a total of 342 straight days in space.


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