Kelly has set a space record after spending 340 days floating 250 miles above our planet.
It was a triumphant homecoming for Kelly [pictured, left] and Mikhail Kornienko [pictured, right] after 340 days in space.
NASA’s goal is to send a manned mission to Mars by 2035 – a vast roundtrip journey that could take 2Â½-years.
“Going to Mars is doable”, Scott Kelly said during the NASA news conference that was also attended by his astronaut twin brother. “That made a difference to me, keeping my sanity”. He expects the culture shock of being back on Earth, where the choices are endless compared to the severe restraints of the space station, to hit home soon, but it hasn’t yet, he said.
Dr. Deborah Barnhart, the CEO of the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, U.S. Space Camp, and a retired Navy Captain, was one of the first females certified to fight on and drive Navy vessels.
Of the 450 investigations that took place on the ISS during Kelly’s mission, 18 were research on human reactions and functions.
After landing, Kelly was immediately carried to a medical field tent for testing and evaluation by flight surgeons. Just after landing in Russia’s Soyuz spaceship in Kazakhstan Tuesday, he enjoyed a banana – “so good”, he said – in keeping with the gorilla costume he donned aboard the space station to chase one of his crew mates through the laboratory.
“Adjusting to space is easier than adjusting Earth for me”, Kelly said Friday. But at some point those two lines have crossed. It’s like a burning feeling wherever I sit or lie or walk.
Sure, Kelly also had exposure to a much higher dose of radiation than we’ll likely ever experience in our lifetimes, and he didn’t get to shower for a year – but those are only minor sacrifices in the pursuit of youth and beauty.
“But definitely, throwing things, you tend to underestimate the effects of gravity”.
During his time in space, Kelly was a prolific user of social media and continues to post about what it’s like to be back on solid ground. The astronaut has 1 million followers on Twitter and Instagram as well. His longtime girlfriend and NASA public affairs officer Amiko Kauderer worked on them as a project with him.
“There are challenges that we have to meet, like the radiation issues”, said Kelly.
“The earth is a lovely planet”, he said, describing the striking colors of the waters around the Bahamas and the rainbow hues of lakes that dot the northern Himalayas. “I do believe we have an impact on that [the health of the environment], and we do have the ability to change it if we make the decision to”. He’s flown multiple missions for the space agency – and it’s time to give other, talented astronauts a chance, he said.
The isolation carries psychological effects, among the most significant and most mysterious aspects of long periods in space.
“A really smart person said to me one time, ‘Teamwork makes the dreamwork in spaceflight, ‘ and spaceflight is the biggest team sport there is”, Kelly said Monday.
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in 2014 said that NASA’s current plans for getting humans to Mars in the 2030s are unrealistic, according to Pasadena, Calif.-based Planetary Society, an advocacy organization that backs the goal of going to Mars above all else.
He added: “The view is great, too”. “Maybe in the next 20 years, you’ll be able to just buy a cheap ticket, go for a little visit”.
“It’s our future, helps the economy grow and improves technology”. We must lead. We must discover. “I have no idea why you guys are all bundled up”. “They didn’t know how important it would be in the future”.