Year-long spaceflight begins

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) cosmonauts Mikhail Kornienko and Gennady Padalka joined their Expedition 43 crewmates when the hatches between the Soyuz TMA-16M spacecraft and the International Space Station opened at 11:33 p.m. EDT Friday, March 27. Kelly and Kornienko will spend about a year on the space station to better understand how the human body reacts and adapts to the harsh environment of space. This mission will provide bio-medical information for future long-duration human spaceflights such as a mission to Mars.

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