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End of coverage.

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Welcome home to the crew and thank you NSF for the great coverage! :) Scott, get ready for a lot more needle-poking over the next several months from those pesky medical types... ;D We appreciate your special sacrifice and contribution to the advancement of long duration spaceflight.
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March 02, 2016
RELEASE 16-023

NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly Returns Safely to Earth after One-Year Mission

NASA astronaut and Expedition 46 Commander Scott Kelly and his Russian counterpart Mikhail Kornienko returned to Earth Tuesday after a historic 340-day mission aboard the International Space Station. They landed in Kazakhstan at 11:26 p.m. EST (10:26 a.m. March 2 Kazakhstan time).

Joining their return trip aboard a Soyuz TMA-18M spacecraft was Sergey Volkov, also of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, who arrived on the station Sept. 4, 2015. The crew touched down southeast of the remote town of Dzhezkazgan.

“Scott Kelly’s one-year mission aboard the International Space Station has helped to advance deep space exploration and America’s Journey to Mars,” said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. “Scott has become the first American astronaut to spend a year in space, and in so doing, helped us take one giant leap toward putting boots on Mars.”

During the record-setting One-Year mission, the station crew conducted almost 400 investigations to advance NASA’s mission and benefit all of humanity. Kelly and Kornienko specifically participated in a number of studies to inform NASA’s Journey to Mars, including research into how the human body adjusts to weightlessness, isolation, radiation and the stress of long-duration spaceflight. Kelly’s identical twin brother, former NASA astronaut Mark Kelly, participated in parallel twin studies on Earth to help scientists compare the effects of space on the body and mind down to the cellular level.

One particular research project examined fluid shifts that occur when bodily fluids move into the upper body during weightlessness. These shifts may be associated with visual changes and a possible increase in intracranial pressure, which are significant challenges that must be understood before humans expand exploration beyond Earth’s orbit. The study uses the Russian Chibis device to draw fluids back into the legs while the subject’s eyes are measured to track any changes. NASA and Roscosmos already are looking at continuing the Fluid Shifts investigation with future space station crews.

The crew took advantage of the unique vantage point of the space station, with an orbital path that covers more than 90 percent of Earth’s population, to monitor and capture images of our planet. They also welcomed the arrival of a new instrument to study the signature of dark matter and conducted technology demonstrations that continue to drive innovation, including a test of network capabilities for operating swarms of spacecraft.

Kelly and Kornienko saw the arrival of six resupply spacecraft during their mission. Kelly was involved in the robotic capture of two NASA-contracted cargo flights -- SpaceX’s Dragon during the company’s sixth commercial resupply mission and Orbital ATK’s Cygnus during the company’s fourth commercial resupply mission. A Japanese cargo craft and three Russian resupply ships also delivered several tons of supplies to the station.

Kelly ventured outside the confines of the space station for three spacewalks during his mission. The first included a variety of station upgrade and maintenance tasks, including routing cables to prepare for new docking ports for U.S. commercial crew spacecraft. On a second spacewalk, he assisted in the successful reconfiguration of an ammonia cooling system and restoration of the station to full solar power-generating capability. The third spacewalk was to restore functionality to the station’s Mobile Transporter system.

Including crewmate Gennady Padalka, with whom Kelly and Kornienko launched on March 27, 2015, 10 astronauts and cosmonauts representing six different nations (the United States, Russia, Japan, Denmark, Kazakhstan and England) lived aboard the space station during the yearlong mission.

With the end of this mission, Kelly now has spent 520 days in space, the most among U.S. astronauts. Kornienko has accumulated 516 days across two flights, and Volkov has 548 days on three flights.

Expedition 47 continues operating the station, with NASA astronaut Tim Kopra in command. Kopra, Tim Peake of ESA (European Space Agency) and Yuri Malenchenko of Roscosmos will operate the station until the arrival of three new crew members in about two weeks. NASA astronaut Jeff Williams and Russian cosmonauts Alexey Ovchinin and Oleg Skripochka are scheduled to launch from Baikonur, Kazakhstan, on March 18.

The International Space Station is a convergence of science, technology and human innovation that enables us to demonstrate new technologies and make research breakthroughs not possible on Earth. It has been continuously occupied since November 2000 and, since then, has been visited by more than 200 people and a variety of international and commercial spacecraft. The space station remains the springboard to NASA's next giant leap in exploration, including future missions to an asteroid and Mars.

For more information about the one-year mission, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/oneyear

For more information about the International Space Station and its crews, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/station

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RSC Energia: Soyuz TMA-18M has returned to Earth the crew of the one-year expedition
March 2, 2016

 Today, on March 2, 2016, manned transportation spacecraft Soyuz TMA-18M developed and built by RSC Energia has successfully returned to Earth the participants in the one-year expedition to the International Space Station (ISS), the ROSCOSMOS cosmonaut Mikhail KORNIENKO and the NASA astronaut Scott KELLY. The spacecraft commander is Sergey Volkov of Russia.

The descent vehicle of the manned spacecraft Soyuz TMA-18M landed 147 km from Dzhezkazgan (Kazakhstan) at 07:29 Moscow Time. The undocking of the spacecraft from the Mini Research Module (MRM2) Poisk of ISS was detected at 04:02 Moscow Time. The retro burn, the spacecraft separation into individual compartments, the capsule re-entry and parachute deployment occurred on time.

Specialists from the interdepartmental technical operations team, which also includes employees of RSC Energia, working in the framework of the search and rescue operation, arrived almost immediately at the descent vehicle landing site, opened the hatch and evacuated the crew. The crew health status is good.

M. KORNIENKO and S. KELLY stayed in orbit for 340 days. They had been delivered to the ISS in March 2015 onboard the Soyuz TMA-16M spacecraft commanded by Gennadi PADALKA. The program of the one-year expedition included numerous scientific, engineering, medical, astrophysical, and other experiments, the results of which are to bring humanity one step closer to deep-space manned missions. In particular, these include 13 Russian experiments in space medicine and physiology ("Algometry", "Interaction-2", "DAN", "Cardiovector", "Content", "Correction", "MORZE", "Motocard", "Neuroimmunity", "Parodont-2", "Pilot-T", "Splankh" and "UDOD") and one joint experiment (“Fluid Shifts”). The "Fluid Shifts" experiment belonged to joint studies of Russian and US scientists and was carried out by the two participants in the one-year mission using scientific equipment on the Russian and US segments of the ISS. The Russian cosmonaut Mikhail KORNIENKO agreed to take part in five US experiments ("Fine Motor Skills", "Ocular Health", "Reaction Self Test", "Sleep Monitoring", "Cognition"). In his turn, the US astronaut Scott KELLY consented to participate in two Russian experiments "Pilot-T" and "Interaction-2".

M. KORNIENKO and S. VOLKOV each made one spacewalk under the program of the Russian Segment of the ISS. The cosmonauts also took part in the work with cargo transportation spacecraft Progress M-M, Progress MS, manned transportation spacecraft Soyuz TMA-M, conducted numerous applied science studies and experiments, took still pictures and videos onboard, and also prepared Soyuz TMA-18M for return from the orbit.

After undocking of the manned transportation spacecraft Soyuz TMA-18M from the ISS and until the participants in the next expedition arrive onboard, continuing to work onboard will be Yuri MALENCHENKO (Russia), Timothy KOPRA (USA) and Timothy PEAKE (UK).

Launch vehicle Soyuz-FG with the manned spacecraft Soyuz TMA-18M was launched from Area 1 (“Gagarin’s launch pad”) of the Baikonur Cosmodrome at 7:37 Moscow Time. The spacecraft docked on September 4, during its 35th orbit. Soyuz TMA-18M spacecraft delivered to the ISS one crew member of ISS-45/46 and two members of the crew of Visiting Mission 18. Soyuz TMA-18M also delivered to the ISS about 170 kg of various cargoes.

The manned transportation spacecraft of the new series Soyuz TMA-M developed and built by RSC Energia is an upgraded version of the Soyuz TMA spacecraft. It is equipped with new devices for the motion control and navigation system and an improved onboard measurement system. All the devices are built around state-of-the-art electronic components and run the latest software. The upgrade made it possible to reduce the mass of the onboard equipment and thus enhance the capability to deliver payload to orbit.

The spacecraft is designed to deliver the crews of up to three and their accompanying cargoes to the International Space Station (ISS), as well as to return them to Earth. When attached to the ISS, Soyuz TMA-M serves as a crew rescue vehicle and is kept permanently ready for emergency crew return to Earth.

http://www.energia.ru/en/news/news-2016/news_03-02.html

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Congratulatiions to NASA and Scott Kelly on a very successful mission. We don't get a lot of "space firsts" lately so it's nice to score a new one.
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Volkov, with his cosmonaut father behind him, heads to the tent.
He is the first second-generation space traveller (ironically he returned from space with first second-generation US space traveller - Richard Garriott). Now I wonder when are we going to see the first third-generation space traveller :)

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Interestingly, the NASA Gulfstream III jet N992NA / NASA2, that is transporting Kelly back to the States, made it's first refueling stop in Stavanger, Norway, as opposed to Prestwick, Scotland, as is usually the case.

So, a first for Norway it seems - hosting an astronaut who less than 24 hours ago was in space! :)

Track Kelly's jet here:
https://flightaware.com/live/flight/NASA2

Caption for attached photo:
Astronaut Scott Kelly steps off a NASA jet in Stavanger, Norway, during a refueling stop. He is en route to Houston after landing inside a Soyuz spacecraft in Kazakhstan a few hours earlier.

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Edit:

Tim Peake had better stop off in the UK upon his return! :D
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First video is of Rob Navias! ;D
Is that an Iridium phone that he's using?
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cross-posting (in case anyone missed it)

Just as an FYI, PBS has a few specials on space on Wednesday evening: one on Neil Armstrong (repeat), one on men in space (repeat), and one on 'A Year in Space' featuring Scott Kelly (new).
Remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our rights & freedoms, and for those injured, visible or otherwise, in that fight.

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Post landing interview with Scott and Rob Navias..

http://www.space.com/32133-one-year-mission-bittersweet-scott-kelly.html


Scott mentions the smell of fresh air as being one of his early pleasures post landing.....I've heard other astronauts mention this before...seems that smells play an important part in our enjoyment of living in the Earth...

I'm wondering if there are any studies or developments underway to provide astronauts on long duration missions with
The "Smells of Home"....I'm thinking about bottled or canned smells that an astronaut could pull out of a case to ease that part of us that misses those smells or bring us pleasures....Pine forest in a can ??...freshly baked bread in a bag ??..and yes, even the smell of grass on A Kazak Steppe ???

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Post landing interview with Scott and Rob Navias..

http://www.space.com/32133-one-year-mission-bittersweet-scott-kelly.html


Scott mentions the smell of fresh air as being one of his early pleasures post landing.....I've heard other astronauts mention this before...seems that smells play an important part in our enjoyment of living in the Earth...

I'm wondering if there are any studies or developments underway to provide astronauts on long duration missions with
The "Smells of Home"....I'm thinking about bottled or canned smells that an astronaut could pull out of a case to ease that part of us that misses those smells or bring us pleasures....Pine forest in a can ??...freshly baked bread in a bag ??..and yes, even the smell of grass on A Kazak Steppe ???

When I was a kid you could buy a can of fresh Florida sunshine (air).

http://gallery.wacom.com/gallery/22227515/Florida-Sunshine-Sunshine-in-a-can

Maybe they need to add a few cans to a re-supply run for the next long duration mission? ;)
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Post landing interview with Scott and Rob Navias..

http://www.space.com/32133-one-year-mission-bittersweet-scott-kelly.html


Scott mentions the smell of fresh air as being one of his early pleasures post landing.....I've heard other astronauts mention this before...seems that smells play an important part in our enjoyment of living in the Earth...

I'm wondering if there are any studies or developments underway to provide astronauts on long duration missions with
The "Smells of Home"....I'm thinking about bottled or canned smells that an astronaut could pull out of a case to ease that part of us that misses those smells or bring us pleasures....Pine forest in a can ??...freshly baked bread in a bag ??..and yes, even the smell of grass on A Kazak Steppe ???
Let's not forget to add "O' De garbage strike"... ;D
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When do we expect them in Houston? I'd like to wave [and get some photos for nasaspaceflight.com].


NASA will share the completion of American astronaut Scott Kelly’s one-year mission aboard the International Space Station with live television coverage of his return to Houston on Wednesday, March 2, and two news briefings on Friday, March 4   Kelly is scheduled to return to Houston approximately 24 hours after landing back on Earth in Kazakhstan, at about 11:45 p.m. EST (10:45 p.m. CST) Wednesday, based on current landing and transportation plans.


 NASA Television will broadcast Kelly’s arrival back on U.S. soil after a record-setting stay in space for a NASA astronaut.Second Lady of the United States Dr. Jill Biden, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology Dr. John P. Holdren, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, and Kelly’s identical twin brother and former NASA astronaut Mark Kelly will be in Houston to welcome Kelly home. The event will be pooled press only.Media will have an opportunity to speak with Kelly on Friday. NASA TV will air briefings at 1 and 2 p.m., from NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.


NasaTv has a time change for tonight now 12:40 EST  1:35 EST

Also something has changed with streaming site operations.
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Expedition 46 - Return to Ellington Field of Commander Scott Kelly
http://www.space-multimedia.nl.eu.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=9782

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Roscosmos video (from their landing live feed apparently):


Quality is not very good and there is no translation nor commentary. While watching landings I always wondered what are they talking about after landing while sitting in chairs - now I know :)

Michael was asked how is he feeling. He said - "Everything is great. I would like to go to hot tub, and after than I can fly back up there" :D
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