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Final Results of NASA Twins Study Show How Scott Kelly Changed After a Year in Space

Last year, various media outlets fumbled their reporting of genuinely interesting research from NASA, one that hoped to start figuring out what happens to our bodies if we live in space for long periods of time. The study was a meticulous comparison of then 50-year-old astronaut Scott Kelly, who spent a year aboard the International Space Station in 2015, and his identical twin brother Mark Kelly, who stayed on Earth. Read More >>

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Having Set the Record for Most Time in Space, Scott Kelly Is Leaving NASA

Having logged almost a full year in space—340 days, more than any astronaut has even spent in space for a single stretch—astronaut Scott Kelly is leaving NASA. Read More >>

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Is NASA’s Scott Kelly Allowed to Take His Blue Jumpsuit Off?

NASA has been lavishing Scott Kelly with attention all week. Rightly so! The man just returned from a year in a sealed radiation box. But have you noticed something odd about the photos of Scott NASA’s been posting? Read More >>

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Scott Kelly Gained Two Inches During His Year in Space

Sure, it sucks to lose bone and muscle mass in outer space, but on the flip side, astronauts gain inches. After a year of weightless suspension in a tin can, astronaut Scott Kelly is now a full two inches taller than his twin brother Mark and has unlimited gloating rights, NASA’s Jeff Williams told CNN this week. Read More >>

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Can You Identify These Earth Landmarks From 250 Miles Above?

Think you know the Bahamas from the Himalayas? It gets a whole lot harder from 250 miles above Earth. Test yourself and see. See more >> Read More >>

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Astronaut Scott Kelly Has Made it Safely Back to Earth

After almost a year in space aboard the International Space Station, NASA astronaut Scott Kelly last night began his descent back to Earth along with Russian cosmonauts Mikhail Kornienko and Sergey Volkov. You’ll be pleased to hear they made it back to Earth safe and sound. Read More >>

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Two Key Things Astronaut Scott Kelly’s Body Will Teach Us About Living in Space

We’re all looking forward to interstellar travel and colonising Mars, but first, we’ve got a lot to learn about how the human body responds to the cold dark void of outer space. Scott Kelly’s year-long stint on the ISS, which ends tomorrow, is helping us answer some critical questions—including what weightlessness does to our vision, and whether all that extra radiation messes up our DNA. Read More >>

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Damn, Earth Can Be Colourful

In between doing real astronaut things like space walks, science experiments, and dressing up as a ghost, Commander Scott Kelly has found the time to show off his inner photographer. Read More >>

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When You Think of Beautiful Things, Don’t Forget Earth

Scott Kelly posted up a STUNNING picture of Earth earlier this week, with a fitting caption: “When you think of beautiful things. Don’t forget Earth.” Read More >>

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Savour the Snow from Far, Far Away

The beauty of winter can be lost when constantly scraping ice off cars, and tromping through freezing slush. That’s why it’s nice to get a view from above, far away from the chilly realities of the winter. Read More >>

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This Might Be the Prettiest Mine We’ve Ever Seen 

All these rich greens usually hint at vegetation, but what's pictured is an arid, salty Chinese land almost totally inhospitable to plants. Instead, those are the markers of a brine rich in minerals, concentrated as the water evaporates. Read More >>

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Astronaut Scott Kelly on Liquid Salt, a Stinky Station, and Sleeping in Freefall

There are lots of things most of us never contemplate when we fantasise about living in space: what happens to your arms when they don’t naturally fall at your sides? Do you keep your calluses when you aren’t walking? What’s it like to sleep in free fall? Read More >>

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Sink Into the Beauty of This Frozen Mountain Lake

Our planet can be too beautiful to be plausible some days. This frozen lake in the Himalayas is shockingly deep blue set against the slightly oxidised rusty landscape. And it’s completely real, photographed from the International Space Station. Read More >>

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Table Tennis With Water Drops Is Another Cool Thing That Happens In Space

There’s a long, long list of fun things to do in zero gravity, but when you spend an entire year in space, you probably get quite bored. That’s where space table tennis with water droplets and hydrophobic paddles comes in. Read More >>

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Stuck Cart is Triggering an Unexpected Spacewalk Next Week

Astronauts are quickly throwing together a plan for an unscheduled spacewalk to find out what happened to jam up their external transporter cart. The spacewalk will take place early next week if troubleshooting from inside the station doesn’t work. Read More >>