Scott Kelly to make record for longest stay in space

Scott Kelly to make record for longest stay in space

Astronaut Scott Kelly from the US is set to make history for the longest stay in space as he leaves for a mission on Friday.

Kelly and a Russian crewmate are scheduled to blast off for a new mission in outer space at 3:42 pm ET on Friday. He is expected to stay in space until March of 2016. He is expected to break the record forthe longest continuous time in space that is now at seven months.Kelly and crewmate Mikhail Kornienko will spend more than 366 days together in space and will make the record for the most enduring space crew.

The two are heading for the International Space Station, where they will work on numerous missions and experiments. Kelly had lived aboard the station from October, 2010, to March, 2011 and has the experience of living in isolation for long periods. He has a girlfriend and two daughters aged 20 and 11 years.

The long mission will provide invaluable data on how humans react to a long period in space. The knowledge is needed as NASA plans missions to the MARS. Until now only four other humans have spent a year or more continuously in orbit and all of them have been Russian or Soviet cosmonauts.Valery Polyakov has the record for the longest time in space as he lived 438 days in space without major incident.

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