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Astronaut Scott Kelly: "I'm feeling great"

Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 01:57

Reuters speaks with astronauts Mikhail Kornienko and Scott Kelly aboard the International Space Station, who say they're feeling great and are staying connected in a variety of ways, like posting photos on Twitter. Multimedia Display (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) A Soyuz Capsule carrying two Russian Cosmonauts Mikhail Kornienko, 54, and Gennady Padalka, 56, along with American Scott Kelly, 51 arrived for a mission to the International Space Station on March 27, 2015. Kelly and Kornienko are schedule to stay for a whole year -- a first for the ISS where missions until now have been about half that. Scientists are interested in seeing how the human body fares during longer stays in space, as the United States and other countries begin planning for multi-year missions to Mars. In addition to more exposure to radiation, astronauts experience bone and muscle loss and changes in their cardiovascular, immune and other systems. Kelly and Kornienko will participate in a battery of experiments before, during and after their flight to assess psychological and physiological changes from being in microgravity for a year. A third participant is Kelly's identical twin brother, Mark Kelly, a former NASA astronaut who will serve as a ground-based subject for genetic and other studies. The station, a $100 billion project of 15 nations, is a research laboratory that flies about 260 miles (418 km) above Earth.

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Astronaut Scott Kelly: "I'm feeling great"

Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 01:57