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Longest US Space Mission Planned For 2015

Soulskill posted about 2 years ago | from the bring-a-book dept.


SchrodingerZ writes "Captain Scott Kelly, brother of former commander Mark Kelly, will embark on the United States' longest manned space mission, set for 2015. Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko will spend an entire year on the orbiting International Space Station. The mission will be a first for NASA's space program, but it is far from the world record. The longest recorded time in space was the 438-day mission of Russia's Valery Polyakov, working on the Mir Space Station, 1994-1995. Kelly, a decorated Navy captain, received degrees from State University of New York Maritime College and the University of Tennessee, and was the flight engineer for space station expedition 25, and commander of expedition 26 in 2010. 'Kornienko hails from Russia's Syzran, Kuibyshev, region and has worked in the space industry since 1986.' The yearlong study on humans working in space will launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, spring 2015."

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How exciting (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42110903)

A tree house for adults.

Re:How exciting (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42110989)

A tree house is inexpensive to construct and is meant to be fun.

Animals will have to be bred (2)

For a Free Internet (1594621) | about 2 years ago | (#42111001)

and SLAUGHTERED! -- I believe that animals are people and therefore space travel is immorile. We need oranic, vegan plants and animals on EARTH, first, in my bioregion! I like to touch my bioregion! And Laura's..

Re:Animals will have to be bred (4, Funny)

ColdWetDog (752185) | about 2 years ago | (#42111083)

OK, you win. Weirdest comment on Slashdot today.

I don't think it's a coincidence that one of the 'related' stories is entitled "Do Recreational Drugs Help Programmers?".

The answer in your case is obvious. Put the funny cigarette down.

Re:Animals will have to be bred (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42117005)

"Do Recreational Drugs Help Programmers?"

Do Recreational Drugs; Help Programmers!

Re:Animals will have to be bred (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42111289)

In (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42111069)

Soviet Russia space spends a year in you!

Should done this a long time ago (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42111093)

If we expect to send people to Mars, and live on the moon, we should have been testing longer duration stays in space a long time ago. At least there's been research on bone loss, and that osteoporosis drugs provide mitigation.

Re:Should done this a long time ago (3, Informative)

craigminah (1885846) | about 2 years ago | (#42111423)

It has been:
438 days - Valeri Polyakov
380 days - Sergei Avdeyev
365 days - Vladimir Titov and Musa Manarov
327 days - Yuri Romanenko
241 days - Valeri Polyakov

Re:Should done this a long time ago (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42111643)

Re:Should done this a long time ago (1)

craigminah (1885846) | about 2 years ago | (#42129225)

Yup, that was my source. Now leave a little something in the tip jar on your way out please.

Thing I always wondered about muscle decay (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42111107)

Excuse the noobness of this post(AnonymousC to deflect incoming ridicule), but I'm curious about something. They say the longer you stay up in space, the weaker you get. I just assume this is because you don't work against gravity and do less in an enclosed area. Would a gyro chamber(spins around enough to simulate slight gravity) for sleeping work? I know there was an experiment where someone raised baby chicks in a gyro scope, and when they came out, they were super muscular. On that same note, would that be a good exercise device on Earth: A gyroscope like the amusement park rides that stick you against the wall?

Re:Thing I always wondered about muscle decay (1)

khallow (566160) | about 2 years ago | (#42111247)

Would a gyro chamber(spins around enough to simulate slight gravity) for sleeping work?

My understanding is that this has been tried and it does help a little. I don't have a citation for it however.

Re:Thing I always wondered about muscle decay (1)

R3d M3rcury (871886) | about 2 years ago | (#42112011)

As I understand it, one issue is the size of the chamber. If it is too small--even if it is enclosed--you end up getting motion sickness. So you end up needing a pretty big space to sleep in.

That said, there were plans to research such things on ISS. [] Unfortunately, the money dropped out and so it becomes a tourist attraction.

Why bother? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42112851)

The only point to all this space science used to be the idea that mankind would one day break the bonds of Earth and move out into the solar system or galaxy in search of new living spaces, resources, etc. Turns out the prevailing wisdom, according to Agenda 21 adherents, is that mankind is a cancer on the planet and needs to be strictly controlled if not eliminated. Since we're considered a cancer then any thought of us moving out to another planet would just be the process of watching a cancer metastasise and spread destroying other planets.

Ironically, the president talks about an eventual return to space and a mission to Mars but at the same time is pushing the country to a fiscal cliff that will just about guarantee that America, at least, will never actually achieve the goal of taking a man anywhere other than the grave and, given that the effects of the fiscal cliff are bad enough, put an end to the possibilities of any other country achieving the same goal. Yep, all according the the Agenda 21 plan.

Re: Why bother? (1)

Rational (1990) | about 2 years ago | (#42115521)

If you guys donated your tinfoil hats to the cause, at least the effects of radiation exposure on the trip to Mars could be minimised.

Re:Why bother? (1)

tehcyder (746570) | about 2 years ago | (#42117565)

I think there should be a short-term "-1 for mentioning the fucking fiscal cliff" moderation option.

Re:Why bother? (1)

gl4ss (559668) | about 2 years ago | (#42118499)

a lifeform capable of jumping hosts is no longer cancer.

better people to send to space for a YEAR (2)

schlachter (862210) | about 2 years ago | (#42113063)

With the fiscal cliff approaching and politicians bickering back and forth...I can think of some better people to send to space for a YEAR!

Re:better people to send to space for a YEAR (2)

Coisiche (2000870) | about 2 years ago | (#42115097)

I think that defining a limit on how long that you send them into space for is a bit optional.

As is giving them space suits first.

Former commander? (1)

reve_etrange (2377702) | about 2 years ago | (#42113163)

As far as I know, Mark Kelley has not been stripped of his rank as implied in the summary.

Re:Former commander? (2)

RaceProUK (1137575) | about 2 years ago | (#42115735)

It's in lower case, which implies he was a commander of a mission, regardless of actual military rank.

Already done (1)

TheGoodNamesWereGone (1844118) | about 2 years ago | (#42114189)

The Russians already have proven the ability of a man to live 15 months in space. Mind you, that was in low earth orbit. Still, within Earth's magnetic field.

Going to Mars will require either invulnerable spacemen, or (b) adequate shielding. The current candidate for that is the water needed for the trip.

This is bullshit. Weightlessness is a problem because of atrophy and bone loss, yes. But *The Russians already did that. They sent up guys in a can in orbit for a LONG time* on Mir. Due to bungee cords, they came home fine. The most rational response to their work is to conclude that any manned missions to Mars should have artificial gravity. It's also bullshit because *we already know from plenty of Earth-based observations that radiation is bad!* and that once outside our planet's magnetic field the particles need to be shielded from.

Okay, put a man in a chamber and expose him to high levels of radiation for 18 months? No, you build a spaceship with shielding. But no one loves me. No one listens to me. The goal should be really and truly be boots on Mars, not political grandstanding about nothing.

*Reads title* Awesome! Translunar/asteroid misson? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42115147)

*Reads summary* Ah...

Magellan, Drake, Armstrong, ________ (1)

sysrammer (446839) | about 2 years ago | (#42115383)

Magellan & co. went around the world in 1519. Around 60 years later, Drake made the 2nd trip.

Magellan did it to be "first" to find the western route to the Spice Islands (and profits). Drake did it more for nationalism (and profits).

Note that even though the first trip made enough money to pay for the project, there was still a 2-3 generation time lag before it was done again.

Similarities come to mind when considering that the US landed on the moon 60 years ago. We went to the moon to be "first", and for nationalism (and profits? not so much, directly).

It seems that if history is an example, the second set of folks to the moon will be because of nationalism (and profits), and it won't be the same folks who went the first time.

This can be looked at a couple of ways:

1) We're a dead, decaying society, spiraling to oblivion, and won't ever get anyone anywhere, anyhow, anyways.

2) Been there, done that. See you on Mars!

Re: Magellan, Drake, Armstrong, ________ (2)

Rational (1990) | about 2 years ago | (#42115533)

Er, no. Magellan was killed and eaten by natives a little over half-way around.

Oh, a "decorated" Navy captain? (1)

Rogerborg (306625) | about 2 years ago | (#42115531)

Unlike everyone else in the military then, since none of them pick up ribbons and medals with the same frequency, inevitability and significance as civvies pick up coughs and rashes.

Re:Oh, a "decorated" Navy captain? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42117603)

I've always found it funny that in the US you get a medal for being injured, which is like rewarding you for being bad at your job.

Good Morning (1)

kryliss (72493) | about 2 years ago | (#42118693)

Good morning Fruit Loops.

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