Thursday Twin in Space

Nasa’s identical twin astronauts Scott, left, and Mark Kelly. Nasa will examine how Scott’s brain and body change in space, compared with Mark’s on the ground. Photograph: NBC NewsWire/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Nasa’s identical twin astronauts Scott, left, and Mark Kelly. Nasa will examine how Scott’s brain and body change in space, compared with Mark’s on the ground. Photograph: NBC NewsWire/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

The commander of the International Space Station will break the record for the longest single flight by a US astronaut on Thursday by clocking up 216 days in orbit.

Scott Kelly, who performed his debut spacewalk on Wednesday, will surpass the previous record of 215 days set by the Spanish-American astronaut Michael López-Alegría in 2007.

The former US navy captain has already amassed more cumulative time in space than any other US astronaut, having spent a combined total of 396 days falling around the planet.

Kelly’s latest stint on the station is scheduled to last 342 days. During that time, he and the Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko will endure a battery of medical investigations as part of the One-Year Mission. The results will help space agencies understand the varied effects that long-duration space travel can have on humans.

But Kelly is taking part in another study made possible by the unique genetic relationship he has with a former US astronaut: his identical twin, Mark, who retired to look after his wife, Gabrielle Giffords, the Democratic congresswoman who was shot in the head in January 2011. Scott and Mark have signed up for the Nasa Twins Study, which will examine how Scott’s brain and body change in space, compared with Mark’s on the ground.

@ THE GUARDIAN

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23 Responses to Thursday Twin in Space

  1. David B. Benson says:

    Ground better except for being shot in the head.

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  2. David B. Benson says:

    Sunny after last night’s rain.

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  3. David B. Benson says:

    Ah, China…

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  4. David B. Benson says:

    @ the Birch & Barley after a nominal 45 minutes on the sticks out to the dentist’s office to schedule an appointment and then back past MJ’s and Buds.

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  5. Den says:

    Well that was DUMB! Two Wednesday posts in one week, duh! Fixed it.
    It’s good to be King, not good being absent minded tho.

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  6. David B. Benson says:

    Blackened Salmon Caesar Salad with a porter.

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  7. Den says:

    The non-yum:

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  8. David B. Benson says:

    WordPress knows me here on the desktop. Odd.

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    • Den says:

      It is your e-mail address you put in when posting a comment.
      My view shows 2 different ones, gmail and wsu.
      WP only allows one address per customer.
      Let me go see which one you used…

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      • David B. Benson says:

        I only use the WSU one, not the gmail.

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      • Den says:

        OK you used the wsu.edu one. Your other device has stored the wrong password due to Googles total domination of the Mobile Market. (gmail)
        I’m not quite sure how to change it if Googles has embedded it there.
        Let me see if there is anything I can do here…

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    • David B. Benson says:

      But I cannot locate anything which enables me to fix the problem on my Samsung S4. 😦

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      • David B. Benson says:

        Maybe the info (name, email) is remembered by Firefox here on the desktop but has been forgotten by the Samsung internet browser and now refuses to remember it?

        WordPress claims it has no record of me, as best as I can tell…

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  9. Den says:

    OK, I have eliminated the need to post an email address at all and installed a graphic icon to show the different ones, robo-man to start.

    Attention Sinister Individuals!! Just because I disabled the email requirement does not mean I don’t know who you are so behave!

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  10. David B. Benson says:

    Just turned on the Samsung and it seems that DWF still expects an email address in order to post a comment.

    In any case not remembering my display name so that has to be entered every time.

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  11. David B. Benson says:

    From Firefox: I’m guessing that the problem is in the Samsung as the “details” are still filled in for me here on the desktop.

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  12. Den says:

    I believe Googles on your Samsung are the culprit.
    If you can get into your settings, read this: Google Removal
    If you have an S4, just copy the title, paste in search window, don’t search yet, change the 6 to 4 then click search.
    Otherwise I’m outa ideas.

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  13. David B. Benson says:

    Duo piano concert over. The pair with the name of 88squared has a new CD out. The most impressive piece is for 8 hands.

    Halloween party at a frat on the way home.

    My feet are tired.

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