Monday, June 25, 2018

Astronauts chosen for yearlong mission in space station

A former space shuttle commander will attempt the longest spaceflight ever by an American.

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly, 48, and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko, 52, will spend an entire year aboard the International Space Station beginning in 2015.

Both countries' space agencies announced the names of the two veterans of space travel on Monday. The extended mission was approved almost two months ago to provide a medical foundation for future missions around the moon, as well as far-flung trips to asteroids and Mars.

Both men already have lived aboard the space station for six months. NASA wanted experienced space station astronauts to streamline the amount of training necessary for a one-year stint. Officials had said the list of candidates was very short. They will begin training next year. "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 Bill Gerstenmaier, head of human exploration for NASA.

Kelly's identical twin brother, Mark Kelly, retired from the astronaut corps last year and moved to Tucson, Ariz., the hometown of his wife, former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. She was critically wounded in an assassination attempt in January 2011, while Scott Kelly was living aboard the space station.

Russia will continue to hold the world space endurance record. Four cosmonauts spent at least a year aboard the old Mir space station. A Russian physician, Valery Polyakov, logged nearly 15 continuous months there in the mid 1990s.

Comments

Algeria abandons more than 13,000 migrants in the Sahara Desert, in a forced march that often turns deadly, AP finds

Algeria abandons more than 13,000 migrants in the Sahara Desert, in a forced march that often turns deadly, AP finds
Updated: 1 hour ago

AP Top News at 2:22 a.m. EDT

AP Top News at 2:22 a.m. EDT
Updated: 1 hour ago
Indonesia identifies likely location of ferry in crater lake

Indonesia identifies likely location of ferry in crater lake

Indonesia has identified the suspected location of an overcrowded passenger ferry that sank last week in a deep volcanic crater lake but will need international help to recover the wreckage, official says
Updated: 1 hour ago
Murphy's 2-run single lifts Nationals past Phillies 8-6

Murphy's 2-run single lifts Nationals past Phillies 8-6

Daniel Murphy's two-run single drove in the tying and go-ahead runs in the eighth inning and the Washington Nationals rallied past the Philadelphia Phillies 8-6
Updated: 1 hour ago
Turkey's victorious Erdogan set to assume sweeping powers

Turkey's victorious Erdogan set to assume sweeping powers

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has dominated Turkish politics for the past 15 years, is set to extend his rule with sweeping powers after winning landmark presidential and parliamentary elections
Updated: 1 hour ago
Indonesia identifies likely location of ferry in crater lake

Indonesia identifies likely location of ferry in crater lake

Indonesia has identified the suspected location of an overcrowded passenger ferry that sank last week in a deep volcanic crater lake but will need international help to recover the wreckage, official says
Updated: 1 hour ago

Jordan says it won't take in Syrians fleeing new offensive

Jordan warns it can't take in Syrian refugees fleeing President Assad's offensive in southern province of Daraa
Updated: 1 hour ago

Water, mud block rescue attempt for 12 boys inside Thai cave

Officials say multiple attempts to locate 12 boys and their soccer coach missing in a flooded cave in northern Thailand for nearly two days have failed, but that they will keep trying
Updated: 2 hours ago
Asian stocks fall, oil gives up some gains after China move

Asian stocks fall, oil gives up some gains after China move

Asian stock markets have fallen and oil prices gave up some of their gains after Chinese regulators freed up extra money for bank lending amid a trade dispute with Washington
Updated: 2 hours ago
Koreas discuss removing North's artillery from tense border

Koreas discuss removing North's artillery from tense border

South Korea's prime minister says the rival Koreas are discussing the relocation of North Korea's long-range artillery systems away from the Korean border
Updated: 2 hours ago