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Space-Time: Scott Kelly Breaks Time-Aloft Record For US Astronauts (usatoday.com) 35

NASA astronaut -- and Commander of the International Space Station -- Scott Kelly on Friday broke the record for time in space -- for U.S. astronauts, at least; the overall longest flight of 437.7 days belongs to Valeri Polyakov, and the Washington Post points out that Russia’s Gennady Padalka has spent a total of 879 days aloft. Kelly brings a unique asset to the long-term study of health for spacefarers, because his twin brother Mark, here on Earth, serves as close to a perfect control subject as NASA could hope to have. Kelly is a prolific tweeter about the progress of his year-long mission aboard the ISS; on the occasion of beating the time-aloft record, his modest acknowledgement read only, "Records are meant to be broken. Look fwd to one of my colleagues surpassing my end 500+ days on our #JourneyToMars!"
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Space-Time: Scott Kelly Breaks Time-Aloft Record For US Astronauts

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  • These self-sacrificing extended stays in zero gravity are important for studying, and eventually overcoming, human physical deterioration in space.

    Thank you for every barrier penetrated, every obstacle overcome, and every sacrifice made.

    • These self-sacrificing extended stays in zero gravity are important for studying, and eventually overcoming, human physical deterioration in space.

      Thank you for every barrier penetrated, every obstacle overcome, and every sacrifice made.

      America, Fuck Yeah!

    • Yes, I'm sure that they are only going up only for studying the effects of zero gravity and not because it's a trip of a lifetime.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    This space stuff in 2015 looks like Civil War reenactments or live-action role playing. It has the same impact on our lives. Great theater, gets some people worked up, the rest of us really care very little.

  • Let's work on getting there in a week. In the meantime, you know, there's the moon to experiment with...

  • in this age of glottalization and world wide web(heard of that?),only record that counts is the world record.
    btw is this really an american record if he is carried and kept there by russians?

    i would be voted down by people who can't face facts.

  • Is he paid hourly or just salary?

    He should get paid more than someone who just does "my job 5 days a week"

    and thats a LOT of money

    • by delt0r ( 999393 )
      Why should he get paid more? Many people would be happy to do it for free. Some others would pay for the privilege.
  • by wonkey_monkey ( 2592601 ) on Monday October 19, 2015 @02:31AM (#50756623) Homepage

    Scott Kelly on Friday

    Did he change his name in hope of getting a talk show when he comes back down?

  • For being the brother who lost the coin toss, and thus had to stay home and be a NASA lab monkey to compare against his famous brother.

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