Meet the American astronaut who has spent probably the most time in area
Astronauts have already got such superb jobs, however Scott Kelly’s particularly might be a smidge extra envy-inducing. The present commander of the Worldwide Area Station is spending his 383rd day aboard the ISS in the intervening time, surpassing fellow NASA astronaut Mike Fincke’s report of 382 cumulative days outdoors our environment. That is not all, although: since he is a part of a yr-lengthy mission — astronauts sometimes spend six months in low-Earth orbit at most per expedition — he is sure to interrupt one other report. On October twenty ninth, he’ll be celebrating his 216th consecutive day aboard the station. That is a day longer than the document set by Michael López-Alegría, who’s recognized for having the longest spaceflight of any American since his expedition in 2006 to 2007.
Among the many scientific experiments Scott is conducting up there, one makes use of his personal physique as a topic. See, Scott has an equivalent twin named Mark, who additionally was astronaut. NASA’s Human Analysis Program is presently monitoring their well being to find out the modifications a human physique undergoes throughout lengthy durations in outer area. They’re offering the human analysis venture with cheek swabs, saliva, blood and fecal samples, that are then analyzed by scientists. Scott is slated to return again house on March three, 2016 after spending a complete of 522 days outdoors Earth, doing science and taking superb pictures of our planet from afar.