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Astronaut Scott Kelly's Body (A)

NASA, the American space agency, has released an informative infographic, detailing what will happen to astronaut Scott Kelly’s body while he spends a record 12 months in space.

Kelly, along with Russian astronaut Mikhail Kornienko, reached the halfway point of their mission this week, prompting NASA to release the graphic in celebration of his milestone. The two men are to spend a total of 342 days on the International Space Station in order to explore the effects on a human body of spending an extended time in space.

As part of the “Year in Space” program, Kelly’s twin brother, retired astronaut Mike Kelly who has stayed firmly on the earth, is being tested alongside samples periodically gathered from Scott. One of the long-term aims of the experiment is to determine if humans would be able to travel to Mars, which would take approximately 260 days when Earth is at it’s closest approach to the Red Planet. The round trip would take around two and a half years because of the need to wait for the right orbital window for the return journey.

U.S. President Barack Obama has called on the space agency to step up its efforts to reach Earth’s neighbour. “By the mid-2030s, I believe we can send humans to orbit Mars and return them safely to Earth,” Obama said during a 2010 speech at the Kennedy Space Center. “And a landing on Mars will follow. And I expect to be around to see it.”

Among some of the more notable effects and events that Kelly will experience during his year in space include seeing almost 11,000 sunrises and sunsets—compared to the 684 we’ll see on Earth, and that as his discarded feces enter the atmosphere they’ll burn up and look like shooting stars.

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Author: Kids Talk Radio

Bob Barboza is an educator, STEM journalist, software designer and founder of The Occupy Mars Learning Adventures and the Barboza Design and Space Centers. He leads a team of scientists, engineers and STEAM++ educators. They are training students to become Jr. astronauts, scientists and engineers. His team provides internships and workshops in STEAM++ and the integration of Common Core State Standards and Next Generations Science Standards. Contact information: Bob.Barboza@Gmail.com

3 thoughts on “Space Science Conversations with Vietnam

  1. We have vietnamese students in the USA that would like to join in on this conversation about one day occupy Mars. If we sent representative from each country, wold you want to go to Mars? This is an international conversation and you are invited to participate.

  2. Our team of geologists in the USA would like for you to send a few photos of rock samples from Vietnam. We will study the rocks from a distance and send you feedback by e-mail. This is a project to simulate conducting science experiments as if we were on the planet Mars. This program is open to students in grades 5 through 12.

  3. We are looking for Vietnamese scientists and engineering to join in on the conversation: “The Occupy Mars Learning Adventures.” Please contact Suprschool@aol.com or visit: http://www.KidsTalkRadioLA.com.

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