A history of ultra-long missions off planet Earth

March 27, 2015 3:18 PM

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A history of ultra-long missions off planet Earth

An American astronaut and Russian cosmonaut are set to make history as the first crewmembers to spend a year onboard the International Space Station, but the two are not the first to log 12 months off the planet.

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko will lift off to the space station on Friday to begin the yearlong expedition. Joining them on Russia's Soyuz TMA-16M spacecraft for the 6-hour trip to the orbiting outpost is cosmonaut Gennady Padalka, who will stay on the station for the m...

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