Year long space trip begins

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US astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko have set off on an enduring 12-month tour of duty on the International Space Station.

The orbiting platform is 400 km high. This will be the longest stay anyone has ever had up there.

Throughout this time, Scientists hope to get a better idea of the effects on the human body of living with no gravity for long periods of time.

The information collected will help scientists discover whether a trip to Mars is a realistic idea.

Mr Kelly and Mr Kornienko launched from Baikonur in Kazakhstan in a Soyuz vehicle at 1.42am Saturday. They should arrive at the space station six hours after lift-off.

Would you want to live in space for a whole year?

28 Responses

  1. why would anyone be as stupid as to go ut in spoce for a whole year. thats crazy!

  2. woah!!!! no I wouldn’t be able to live in space for a whole year that would be creepy!!but then yes because it would be wicked to explore in space !!! So actually I don’t know !! 🙂

  3. I would not like to live in space for a year. It must be like all the Time is night. Well down to them.

  4. Whoa!!! That is so cool but no way I would want to live in space but it will be cool if people can live on mars.

  5. i would not even like to go to space. that is a long time to be in space.
    i hope they dont run out of air to breathe in.

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