Saturday, March 5, 2016

Back from Space

The Soyuz TMA-18M spacecraft is seen as it lands with Expedition 46 Commander Scott Kelly of NASA and Russian cosmonauts Mikhail Kornienko and Sergey Volkov of Roscosmos near the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan on Wednesday, March 2, 2016 (Kazakh time).

I would be remiss if I didn't note Commander Scott Kelly's (and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Korniyenko's) return from a year in space! With Kelly, NASA was studying the effect of zero gravity on human health. They had a "control group" back on Earth, consisting of Scott's twin brother, Mark (also an astronaut, retired). Among other effects, Scott ended up being two inches taller at the end of the year, but he is expected to lose those inches now that he is back in Earth's gravity.

Expedition 46 Commander Scott Kelly Back in Texas after His Year in Space
photo by NASA

Texas from space
Photo: Scott Kelly, NASA

The Twins Study
Scott Kelly on Twitter (so many amazing pictures from his year in space!)
Mark Kelly on Twitter

1 comment:

Robyn Hood Black said...

2 inches taller - wow! I guess bones and ligaments and lots more will settle back into place. Such an amazing feat / story. I remember listening to an interview just before he left. Seems like yesterday to me; not to him, I'm sure! Thanks for sharing.