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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Welcome Back to Earth, Astronaut Scott Kelly!

An Amazing accomplishment Scott Kelly!

Could you stay in a small confined space for almost year? Could you stay indoors and not feel the sun or breeze on your face for almost a year? Could you be apart from your families and friends for almost a year? That's what astronaut Scott Kelly did. He just returned to Earth after spending 340 days at the International Space Station.  Admitting that it was a long time, Kelly said he was encouraged that astronauts could even spend longer times in space. That is what would be needed for a manned trip to the planet Mars. Kelly's living space at the ISS was about the space of a phone booth. He did have internet access to keep in touch with famiy and friends back on Earth. Kelly said there were definitely things he missed while at the ISS. He said that being apart from people that he cared about was difficult. However, Kelly also says the return to earth was bittersweet. Just imagine the spectacular view he had of the Earth from space as he traveled around the Earth at about five miles per second or the beautiful sun rises he got a chance to see from space. Together with his identical twin brother, Mark Kelly, who stayed Earth-bound, the brothers were also able to do much to help scientists to study the long term effects of space on the human body.
In total, Astronaut Kelly has the most time in space for an American, with a total of 520 days(over four flights). He ranks 17 in the world for total time in space. 

What do YOU Think?
1.What would be the first food you would eat on returning to Earth? 
2. What would be the first activity you would want to experience after such a long time in space?
3. Would YOU be able to endure such a record time in space? Why, why not?

Photograph from Scott Kelly's Twitter Page

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