NASA astronaut Scott Kelly. (Credit: NASA) Cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko.(Credit: NASA)

Two space veterans named to yearlong station flight

To collect data on how the human body reacts and adapts to the space environment, a NASA astronaut and a Russian cosmonaut will spend a full year aboard the International Space Station.
by William Harwood November 26, 2012 8:15 AM PST

Astronaut Scott Kelly and cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko, both veterans of long-duration space flights, will spend a full year aboard the International Space Station to help scientists learn more about how the body reacts and adapts to weightlessness and other aspects of the space environment.

The research is aimed at helping scientists and engineers develop possible countermeasures for future manned missions to deep space destinations including the moon, nearby asteroids and, eventually, Mars.

“Congratulations to Scott and Mikhail on their selection for this important mission,” William Gerstenmaier, NASA’s associate administrator for space flight, said in a statement. “The one-year increment will expand the bounds of how we live and work in space and will increase our knowledge regarding the effects of microgravity on humans as we prepare for future missions beyond low-Earth orbit.”

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