NASA Commander Scott Kelly has landed on Earth after a year in space

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March 2: Astronaut Scott Kelly has landed  safely on wednesday in smooth weather after spending 340 days in space on the International space station.

Astronaut Scott Kelly has landed safely in Kazakhstan at 11:26 p.m. Eastern time (EST) in smooth weather after spending 340 days in space on the International space station Flight engineer Sergey Volkov got off the shuttle first, followed by Commander Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko.

The purpose of Scott Kelly’s year long journey on the ISS is so that NASA can study the long term effects that space has on a human body. Commander Kelly will undergo a series of test like climbing a ladder and getting up from a seated position in order to determine how well he has adjusted to gravity.

Kelly and Kornienko have been aboard the space station for 340 days, about twice as long as previous crews. Their flight sets a record for the space station and for the longest U.S. space mission.

 

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