Moscow:NASA and Russia’s Roscosmos havenamed the two men who will spend a year aboard theInternational Space Station to gather more data about theeffects of weightlessness on humans.
NASA’s Scott Kelly and Roscosmos’ Mikhail Kornienko willtake part in the mission set to start in spring 2015. Thespace agencies said in a statement today that the flight wouldhelp reduce health risks for planned NASA missions around themoon, an asteroid and ultimately Mars.
Crews so far have done only six-month stints on thestation.William Gerstenmaier, NASA’s associate administrator,said the mission “will increase our knowledge regarding theeffects of micro-gravity on humans as we prepare for futuremissions beyond low-Earth orbit”.Kelly and Kornienko will start training for the missionnext year.
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