One-year space expedition starts with 18-hour workday

March 27, 2015 7:15 AM

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Two veteran spacemen embarking on a marathon yearlong mission in orbit must first sprint through a busy workday Friday — suiting up for liftoff, climbing into their Soyuz spaceship, then flying to the International Space Station.

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly, a former U.S. Navy test pilot, and police officer-turned-cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko will spend just shy of one year in space after their planned launch at exactly 1942:57 GMT (3:42:57 p.m. EDT) Friday.

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