POTUS and StationCDRKelly Tweet Before the SOTU

President Obama has always shown the ISS Commander some serious love.

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.

Media via instagram.com/stationcdrkelly