Astronaut Shannon Walker activates
an experiment aboard the
International Space Station.
Image credit: NASA

ISS Partners Approve Year-Long Stay in Space
Posted by Doug Messier on October 5, 2012, at 3:50 pm

WASHINGTON (NASA PR) — NASA and its international partners have announced an agreement to send two crew members to the International Space Station on a one-year mission designed to collect valuable scientific data needed to send humans to new destinations in the solar system.

The crew members, one American astronaut and one Russian cosmonaut, will launch and land in a Russian Soyuz spacecraft and are scheduled to begin their voyage in spring 2015.
The space station serves as a laboratory for technological demonstrations and scientific research, including experiments that improve understanding of how the human body reacts and adapts to the harsh environment of space. Data from a year-long expedition also will help inform assumptions about crew performance and health, and will help reduce the risks associated with future exploration.

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