NASA Taps Astronaut for Longest US Space Mission
Scott Kelly to spend a year in space
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 26, 2012 12:33 PM CST
Updated Nov 26, 2012 1:00 PM CST
Commander Scott Kelly   (AP Photo/NASA, Bill Ingalls)

(Newser) – His twin brother may be the bigger household name, but that could change come 2015. Capt. Scott Kelly, who claims Mark Kelly and wife Gabby Giffords among his family members, is scheduled to blast off on a one-year mission to the International Space Station in the spring of that year. It'll be the first time an American has logged a full year or more in space (joining just four others who have managed the feat; the record is 438 days). He'll blast off from Kazakhstan aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft along with Russia's Mikhail Kornienko, reports CNN.

"The one-year increment will expand the bounds of how we live and work in space and will increase our knowledge regarding the effects of microgravity on humans as we prepare for future missions beyond low-Earth orbit," said a NASA administrator.

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Nov 27, 2012 8:43 AM CST
So what is NASA doing now, thinking of going to space?
Nov 26, 2012 3:52 PM CST
"NASA Taps Astronaut for Longest US Space Mission" Really? NASA is sending an Astronaut into space? They're not sending a garbageman or a dishwasher? Score another headline writing victory for Kate (formerly Schwartz) Seamons!... : )
Nov 26, 2012 1:23 PM CST
Embarrasing that we have to hitch a ride to space now, so that we can use our money to start more wars and pay for lazy people to sit on their couches doing drugs all day.