Twin NASA Astronauts Scott And Mark Kelly To Reveal Effect Of 365 Days In Space

December 19, 2014 7:27 PM

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Twin NASA Astronauts Scott And Mark Kelly To Reveal Effect Of 365 Days In Space

NASA has the unique opportunity to study the effects of a year in space by monitoring twin astronauts, one of whom will spend a year in space while his brother remains on Earth. In a joint U.S.-Russian mission, Scott Kelly, along with cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko, will spend a year aboard the International Space Station. Retired astronaut Mark Kelly, who is brother Scott's twin, will remain on Earth. NASA will compare any genetic differences between the twins as part of several experiments throughout the mission.

Scott and Kornienko will launch for the space station in March 2015. NASA's Human Research Program and the National Space Biomedical Research Institute have sent out a call for scientific investigations that will be used to compare differences between the 50-year-old brothers. Scott has spent 540 da...

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