(Almost) A Year In Space


Let me see if I can go a weekend without mentioning politics. Shouldn’t be too hard.

While the political arena has been working its way closer to finding a new American leader, another American has shattered the US record for the longest continuous space flight aboard the International Space Station. Scott Kelly’s new record of 340.4 days, mostly on the ISS while ferried up and back on two separate Soyuz capsules (basically the Russian version of our Apollo capsules back in the 60’s and 70’s) is made more remarkable considering the US hasn’t been in the manned space game since the last space shuttle flight in the summer of 2011.

(Valeri Polyakov holds the world record, spending most of his 437.7 days in space in 1994 and 1995 on board the Mir space station. He’s one of four men to spend a minimum of a year in orbit above the Earth, all of whom were either Russian or old Soviet cosmonauts.)

I’ve always been a fan of the space game, and while manned space seems an afterthought now, it’s never something that should be taken lightly in terms of the skill required.

By the way, CNN reported that the 52 year-old Kelly grew two inches in height while in space, losing the height gained once returning to the earth. Wouldn’t mind hearing more about this phenomenon and how it happened, but the cable news networks are too busy cheering their favorites on the “red team” and the “blue team” to report on it.

But there I go talking politics again.


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