International Space Station Crew Returns Home Today. See Photos of Their Year in Space
A look back at astronaut Scott Kelly's time spent living on the International Space Station.
Today, March 1, the International Space Station's first one-year crew, comprised of NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko, will return home after spending 340 days in space.
The men will start traveling back to earth tomorrow afternoon at 4:15 pm EST and are expected to land in Kazakhstan at 11:27 pm EST.
Kelly broke the record (previously 215 days) for most time spent in space by a United States astronaut back in October, and has logged a total of 520 days in space over four missions.
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During this period Kelly and his identical twin brother Mark, also a former astronaut, have been the subjects of a unique and comprehensive twins study that examines what happens to the body in space versus on earth. The rationale behind Kelly and Kornienko's one-year mission is to gauge how astronauts will fare on a trip to Mars, which could potentially last more than 500 days.
During Scott Kelly's year in space, the astronaut took daily stunning photos of his surroundings to share with all of us back on Earth. Below are a handful of these images from his time on board the ISS.
#Countdown 2 days & a wake-up! Getting closer to Earth & hope Mars too. #GoodNight from @space_station! #YearInSpace pic.twitter.com/9x3ERJgAvc— Scott Kelly (@StationCDRKelly) February 28, 2016
5 days & a wake-up! Every #mountain top is within reach. Keep climbing. #GoodNight from @space_station! #YearInSpace pic.twitter.com/3K5wTGEfWp— Scott Kelly (@StationCDRKelly) February 26, 2016
Well, this brings back distant memories. Seems like a year ago. Today's Sokol suit fit check. #YearInSpace pic.twitter.com/Qr7vB21Aw7— Scott Kelly (@StationCDRKelly) February 24, 2016
Day 329. One night over #Macedonia. #GoodNight from @space_station! #YearInSpace pic.twitter.com/uJHAXG1maK— Scott Kelly (@StationCDRKelly) February 20, 2016
Day 310. Good night, everyone. #GoodNight from @space_station! #YearInSpace pic.twitter.com/CkXXNqTavW— Scott Kelly (@StationCDRKelly) February 1, 2016
#Aurora brought her fresh colors over #Earth today. Stunning! #YearInSpace pic.twitter.com/AoFU0ueQFy— Scott Kelly (@StationCDRKelly) January 20, 2016
#GoodMorning #Texas! Flew over at just the right time this morning.#YearInSpace pic.twitter.com/wdSm1MwFF2— Scott Kelly (@StationCDRKelly) January 4, 2016
Fix was pretty easy, but the rest always a challenge. With great team on earth we got it done safely. #YearInSpace pic.twitter.com/tOcktp1EQ6— Scott Kelly (@StationCDRKelly) December 21, 2015
Day 245. Night pulls its veil over Earth and she shines like the stars. #GoodNight from @space_station! #YearInSpace pic.twitter.com/TltTPLCeBq— Scott Kelly (@StationCDRKelly) November 28, 2015
Day 200. Sometimes a little light makes all the difference. #GoodNight from @Space_Station #YearInSpace pic.twitter.com/qkFtdtKLkb— Scott Kelly (@StationCDRKelly) October 13, 2015