Zero-Gravity "Gorilla" Chases Astronauts on the ISS

Thursday, 25 February 2016 - 4:02PM
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Thursday, 25 February 2016 - 4:02PM
Zero-Gravity "Gorilla" Chases Astronauts on the ISS
Well, it's official. The astronauts on board the ISS have finally gone apesh*t. Commander Scott Kelly is in the home stretch of his historic Year in Space, but didn't make it through his last week without going a little crazy:

Needed a little humor to lighten up a #YearInSpace. Go big, or go home. I think I'll do both! #SpaceApe

Posted by NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly on Tuesday, February 23, 2016


In the video, Kelly puts on a giant gorilla suit and terrorizes other astronauts in the ISS, hilariously. This prank is a great, silly way for the astronauts to maintain their sense of humor and sanity during a long, grueling spaceflight that involves a lot of isolation, homesickness, and tedium, but it's also just a really impressive stunt. Can you imagine how many bureaucratic hoops they must have jumped through to get that gorilla suit all the way to space? (Or maybe Kelly just packed it from the very beginning, in anticipation of this moment. We wouldn't put it past him.)

Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko are finishing up their #YearInSpace this week, coming back to Earth on March 1 after launching in March of last year and spending a whopping 342 days living in space. In October 2015, Kelly broke the record for total days spent in space by an American astronaut, and his count continues to climb each day. The Year in Space will also contribute data to several studies on the effects of long-term spaceflight on the body, with Kelly's former astronaut twin brother, Mark Kelly, serving as the Earth-bound control group.
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