CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Fresh from a year in space, NASA astronaut Scott Kelly said Friday his muscles and joints ache. He holds the record for spending the longest consecutive amount of time in space by an American.
KELLY: I think that was probably something you heard about me throwing my phone to him. Once Kelly landed in Kazakhstan, he was flown home to Houston, Texas where he was greeted by his family, friends, America’s second lady, Jill Biden, scientists, journalists, and fans.
At an event at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Mr. Kelly said that the extra six months he spent on the International Space Station (ISS), double the time that any other American has spent there, had taken its toll.
However, Kelly said that he is now the same height as his twin brother.
“We make do without having a shower on board”.
“I was very excited that we had a CSU research project that I got to participate in”, said Lindgren, whose blood is also stored in a freezer in Bailey’s lab. “Scott Kelly is a tremendous crew member and terrific mentor”. His skin is so sensitive it burns when he sits or walks.
Another unexpected issue came with his skin.
Kelly tested out the Microsoft HoloLens, an augmented reality device, on the Space Station, and he seems pretty into it. Wi-Fi connected gadgets were a favorite pastime, including posting photos from orbit onto his Instagram and Twitter accounts.
But they weren’t up there a full year.
HoloLens has not yet been shipped to the public and many virtual reality devices are still being tested by application developers.
But the very fact that NASA is starting to build the technology that could support a deep-space mission, such as Orion and its launch system, may be a positive sign, since the agency had not focused on building vehicles for human space flight in decades, says Casey Dreier, director of space policy for the Planetary Society.
Cmdr Kelly will appear live on NASA TV at 7pm to share his experiences.
When asked if he’s finished with missions to space, Kelly said that would be up to NASA, at least in part. Charles provided no detail on these vision problems, however, other than to say, “Yes, he did”.
It’s a pity though that his height will quickly return to what it was before he left thanks to Earth’s gravity pulling back on him now that he’s terrestrial again.
“We have so many talented people in our office, there’s no reason to fly me again”, he said, adding that he’ll never completely retire from space because of the opportunities in the private sector. “Maybe in the next 20 years, you’ll be able to just buy a cheap ticket, go for a little visit”.
James Lovell is a former NASA astronaut who was commander of Apollo 13 and the first human to travel to the moon twice.
During the record-setting mission, Kelly took part in numerous research studies to inform NASA’s Journey to Mars, including study into how the human body adapts to weightlessness, isolation, radiation and the strain of a lengthy stay in space.
Virtual reality is still in a nascent phase, but astronaut Scott Kelly, who just returned from a year in space, sees the tech as having a lot of potential both many miles up and down here on Earth. His twin brother, retired astronaut Mark Kelly, is providing data to help quantify the effect of a year in space on a person who is nearly identical genetically.