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One Year Later

On March 1, 2016, veteran astronaut Scott Kelly returned from his Year in Space mission. In many ways, the adventure was just beginning.

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The spaceflight part of the One Year Misson to the International Space
Station ended a year ago today, but the science behind it is still
moving. Astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko continue to provide samples for the data collection from their
ground-breaking mission. Results are expected to to start coming later in
2017, which will help launch humanity on deep space missions.

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Kelly not only commanded the International Space Station’s Expedition 46, he participated in spacewalks like this one on Dec. 21, 2015, in which Kelly and astronaut Tim Kopra
successfully moved the Space Station’s mobile transporter
rail car ahead of the docking of a Russian cargo supply
spacecraft.

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On the station in 2015, Kelly showed off his home away from home. Scott tweeted this image out with the comment: “My
#bedroom aboard #ISS. All the comforts of #home. Well, most of them.
#YearInSpace." 

Why was the Year In Space important? As we work to extend our reach beyond low-Earth orbit, how the human body reacts to microgravity for extended periods is of paramount importance. Not only were Kelly and his Russian counterpart monitored throughout the mission, they both continue to submit to tests and monitoring one year later to see if there are any lasting effects from their voyage aboard the station. 

Scott Kelly also a human control here on Earth, his identical twin brother and fellow astronaut Mark Kelly. Both brothers have served aboard the International Space Station, but Scott’s stay was almost twice as long as typical
U.S. missions. The continuing investigations are yielding beneficial knowledge on
the medical, psychological and biomedical challenges faced by
astronauts during long-duration spaceflight.

Source: NASA

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