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

(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.

Commander Scott Kelly   (AP Photo/NASA, Bill Ingalls)
Russian space agency rescuers help US astronaut Scott Kelly shortly after their landing near the town of Arkalyk in northern Kazakhstan, Wednesday, March 16, 2011.   (AP Photo/Sergei Remezov, Pool)
This Aug. 18, 2007 photo made available by NASA shows astronaut Scott Kelly in the Zvezda Service Module of the International Space Station.   (AP Photo/NASA)
In this image from NASA TV commander Scott Kelly sits in the flight deck of shuttle Endeavour as he prepares to dock with the international space station, Friday, Aug. 10, 2007.   (AP Photo/NASA TV)
In this March 15, 2011 file photo provided by NASA, astronaut Scott Kelly, Expedition 26 commander, right, poses with Robonaut 2, the dexterous humanoid astronaut helper, in the Destiny laboratory of...   (AP Photo/NASA)
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