He and his one-year crewmate, Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko, conducted studies to help NASA better understand what happens to the human body in space: The eyes, brain, bones, muscles – they all change in a weightless environment. And, perhaps, it’s not a moment too soon.
Scott Kelly said he was more anxious to return home following his last space station stint five years ago, which lasted 159 days.
According to NASA, once Kelly returns to Earth, “he will hold the record among US astronauts for cumulative time in space, with 520 days”. The coolest thing about Kelly’s trip is that his identical twin brother Mark is spending the year on earth, presumably also eating tacos, so scientists can test the differences in their bodies after the year is up. “After that, I think I might jump in my pool or take a shower”.
The astronaut is going all out in the final week of his one-year mission on the ISS.
The gorilla suit was given to Kelly by his twin brother, Mark Kelly, for his birthday. The longer a human is in space, the more that individual is exposed to risks such as radiation and weightlessness.
Along with Kornienko, Kelly will check out of the space station Tuesday, riding a Russian capsule back to the planet to end NASA’s longest space flight. One of the famous ones is the successful growth in space of the Zinnia Flower which has attractive bloomed not long after the ISS crew had eaten their first grown in space red lettuce.
Mr Kelly donned a gorilla suit and hid inside a storage container which was then moved into the centre of the room by Mr Peake. Not sure if astronaut Tim Peake’s okay with this “little humor” considering it’ll be a while before he gets to return to Earth. “By integrating global collaborative science, and thus emphasizing the “I” in worldwide Space Station, our combined efforts can yield the biggest benefit”.
Four Soviet-era cosmonauts flew longer missions aboard the now-defunct Mir space station.