Crew Wrapping Up Year-Long Mission in Less than a Week

Scott Kelly and Mikhail Kornienko
NASA astronaut Scott Kelly (left) and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko marked their 300th consecutive day aboard the International Space Station on Jan. 21, 2016.

Three International Space Station crew members, two of whom have been in orbit nearly a year, will complete their stay in space March 1. As they prepare for landing, the Expedition 46 crew is moving right along with human research, advanced space science and ongoing lab maintenance.

One-Year crew mates Commander Scott Kelly and Flight Engineer Mikhail Kornienko will join Soyuz Commander Sergey Volkov for a ride back to Earth Tuesday. They will undock inside the Soyuz TMA-18M spacecraft and land in Kazakhstan carrying personal items and science for analysis.

Kelly joined NASA astronaut Tim Kopra for some plumbing work throughout Wednesday. Kelly also participated in blood, urine and saliva sample collections to help doctors understand how living in space affects the human body.

British astronaut Tim Peake, who will be staying in space till June, began checking out new science gear that will support new biology research. Peake also set up hardware for an experiment that explores the risk of airway inflammation in astronauts.

8 thoughts on “Crew Wrapping Up Year-Long Mission in Less than a Week”

  1. Congratulations on a job well done! Enjoy your last few days of peace and fellowship! I have a feeling once you get back to the ground you will wish you could get back up there where people work and live together as one group!

    1. You say , these guys are amazing. How amazing.? Because down here on some places , are in need of safe , clean water that they can drink and don’t die from. Send a man in to space and stay for some time. If man had fluids to drink up in space to last him untill his mission was done ,then why are people still dying from having no clean water or no water. It don’t make sense. Space man. You look so proud to be where you are on pictures that have been posted. What your mission was about , I don’t care. But what makes me care is all this stupid intelligence. Africa need your help. Its only water not rocket science.

  2. Congratulations on your successful missions for a long term.
    I appreciate you all for sharing the precious moments!

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