NASA Infographic Tells Us Exactly What Will Happen to Scott Kelly's Body During His Year in Space

Tuesday, 15 September 2015 - 3:30PM
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Tuesday, 15 September 2015 - 3:30PM
NASA Infographic Tells Us Exactly What Will Happen to Scott Kelly's Body During His Year in Space
Between humanized Twitter accounts for space landers and parodies of "All About That Bass," NASA has been making more and more of an effort to reach out to the public, and there's nothing the public loves more than an infographic. NASA just released this diagram that details exactly what will happen to Scott Kelly's body during his Year in Space mission:

NASA Infographic Tells Us Exactly What Will Happen to Scott Kelly's Body During His Year in Space

The infographic, which cleverly evokes Leonardo da Vinci's Vitruvian Man, goes through all the basics, such as Kelly experiencing the amount of radiation that we would experience after flying from Los Angeles to New York 5250 times, and that he will drink 730 liters of recycled urine and sweat. It also states that 383 experiments will be done during the Year in Space, some by Nobel Laureates. It doesn't technically specify that the experiments will be on Scott Kelly's body, but we would assume so, since that's what the infographic is about. If that's the case, then the poor man is going to be a human pincushion by the time this year is over.

And, because everyone loves a poop joke, NASA specifies that astronauts are special and get to see their annual 180 pounds of feces burn up like shooting stars. "Your feces will not be shooting stars," they tell us, because we're not that special.

During his year in space, Kelly is participating in a twin study with his former astronaut identical twin brother, Mark Kelly, who is still on Earth. During this year, which passed its midpoint yesterday, scientists will use Mark as a control group to study everything from prolonged spaceflight's effects on human organs to psychological effects of confinement to the ISS to the epigenetic effects of living in space. At the end of the year, Kelly and fellow astronaut Mikhail Kornienko will have completed the longest-ever residency on the space station and one of the longest spaceflights a human has ever achieved.
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