(Image source: Voice of Russia)

BY KERRY LEARY

ANCHOR MEGAN MURPHY

Another leap for mankind... NASA and the Russian Federal Space Agency announced the two crew members who will be spending an entire year at the International Space Station. Here’s KTRK.

"From NASA where we learned astronaut Scott Kelly will return to space for a long, long time. Kelly will join a Russian cosmonaut in the 2015 year-long mission on the International Space Station."

Mikhail Kornienko and Kelly will leave in the spring of 2015 and return to Earth in the spring of 2016. This trip will give Kelly the title for the most time spent in space by an American.

Scott Kelly could be confused with his twin brother, former astronaut Mark Kelly, who is married to Gabby Giffords. CNN spoke with a PBS Newshour science correspondent about the announcement:

"There is some important science that undermines this. If human beings are ever going to travel to Mars ... they have to spend a lot of time in weightlessness before they ever get to the surface of the red planet."

And Universe Today says the crew members will kinda be like guinea pigs — NASA hopes to learn more about the human body in space.

“Data from the 12-month expedition will help inform current assessments of crew performance and health and will determine better and validate countermeasures to reduce the risks associated with future exploration...”

The PBS correspondent also noted the astronaut and the cosmonaut will witness 15 sunrises and 15 sunsets every day while in space, which could get a little confusing. The duo will begin their mission training in early 2013.

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Nov 26, 2012

NASA Announces Groundbreaking Yearlong Space Mission

(Image source: Voice of Russia)

BY KERRY LEARY

ANCHOR MEGAN MURPHY

Another leap for mankind... NASA and the Russian Federal Space Agency announced the two crew members who will be spending an entire year at the International Space Station. Here’s KTRK.

"From NASA where we learned astronaut Scott Kelly will return to space for a long, long time. Kelly will join a Russian cosmonaut in the 2015 year-long mission on the International Space Station."

Mikhail Kornienko and Kelly will leave in the spring of 2015 and return to Earth in the spring of 2016. This trip will give Kelly the title for the most time spent in space by an American.

Scott Kelly could be confused with his twin brother, former astronaut Mark Kelly, who is married to Gabby Giffords. CNN spoke with a PBS Newshour science correspondent about the announcement:

"There is some important science that undermines this. If human beings are ever going to travel to Mars ... they have to spend a lot of time in weightlessness before they ever get to the surface of the red planet."

And Universe Today says the crew members will kinda be like guinea pigs — NASA hopes to learn more about the human body in space.

“Data from the 12-month expedition will help inform current assessments of crew performance and health and will determine better and validate countermeasures to reduce the risks associated with future exploration...”

The PBS correspondent also noted the astronaut and the cosmonaut will witness 15 sunrises and 15 sunsets every day while in space, which could get a little confusing. The duo will begin their mission training in early 2013.

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