When we think of space, we often think of black holes, aliens, and the overwhelming realization that we're very small in comparison to whatever else is out there. For people like Scott Kelly, an American astronaut who spent a year in space, space is like a second home full of fascination.
Although several astronauts signed up to do the job, Kelly ended up walking away with the privilege. Previous to his year in space, he had logged six months of time in space on three prior missions, so it wasn't like he was a stranger to living up above the Earth. After his return to Earth, Kelly announced that he'd be retiring from NASA, but there are still a few things Kelly will be involved in going forward.
Now that Kelly is back to real life, there have been tons of stories and news updates on him. Everybody knows when he got back, when he took off, and of all the records he broke. However, there's tons of small, interesting facts not too many people know about him and his time up in space. Here are 15 awesome things you didn't know about Scott Kelly's year in space.
15 The "Twin Study"
14 Longest time spent in space
13 He wasn't alone
12 Kelly's last mission was interrupted
11 Total days spent in space
10 He saw tons of sunrises and sunsets
9 He came back taller
8 Major discomfort back at home
7 He didn't shower for the whole mission
6 He was in-the-know
5 Mars study
4 First meal on Earth?
3 He already has his next vacation planned
2 Not used to the time schedule
Global warming, climate change, and making more of an effort to take care of the Earth is quite "in" and "popular" these days. Not only do we expect to live here for all eternity, but we also want a positive environment for generations ahead of our own. Kelly noted that while in space, he saw just how destructive human beings are to the planet. Kelly was able to see plenty of pollution, a lot of it hanging just above Asia, as well as strange weather in areas it shouldn't necessarily be.
Sources: Space, History, Popular Mechanics
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