One American and two Russian astronauts begin their year long stay at the International Space Station
Three astronauts, one American and two Russian have landed at the International Space Station for a year long probe. This was a joint exercise by NASA and its Russian counterpart after a year that saw tensions among the two countries over matters in Ukraine.
The three astronauts have been sent to test the effects of prolonged stay in outer space including psychological effects. The results will pave way for the anticipated 2017 arrival of commercial space capsules with space tourists. The crew is also set to receive singer Sarah Brightman in her maiden space voyage. Scott Kelly, the American astronaut, has a twin brother who is also an astronaut. The astronaut brother duo will be monitored to compare the effects of stay on genetic identicals. Kelly will be under special focus and will be monitored keenly by NASA.
Scott Kelly would also be making history as the person with longest continuous stay in the space station by an American. He, however would not be making any world record, which will belong to his crewmate Genady Padalka who would have spent over 900 days by the end of the mission.
With the latest space mission and statement by Russian Space agency director about his agency’s interest in continuing usage of the Space Station, the future of the space station seems secured till at least 2024. Earlier, Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister, Dmitry Rogzin had indicated Russia’s possible exit from the space station by 2020.
Posted by Bradley Baker 5/9/15
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