Yearlong mission on ISS reaches halfway point

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The yearlong manned mission on ISS is now halfway over.

If they complete their planned 341-day mission through March, Mark Kelly and Mikhail Kornienko will have logged the fifth and sixth longest human flights in space. They will not complete a full year in space, (as has been advertised by NASA), something that four Russians did in their Mir space station, including one flight of fourteen and a half months.

I had not realized that this mission was not actually a complete year until I read the story above. In reality, they are actually only spending just over eleven months in space. I find this very disappointing. The whole reason to have ISS is to do these long missions. To cut this short of a year seems silly. If anything, they should take advantage of the situation and try to push to break the longevity mission of 14.5 months.



  • Cotour

    Q: Has it ever been revealed if anyone who has been on the ISS and / or in space has ever had a panic attack or other psychological problems related to being in space or cooped up for such long periods in such an unnatural environment?

    And have missions been cut short because of it?

  • The answer to both your questions is yes, but not on ISS. You should read my book, Leaving Earth.

  • Orion314

    Your points are bang on target..NASA used to be a “Can Do” ,” Balls-to-the-walls” outfit. Now, when it comes to manned space flight, NASA is so PC/pussifed as to be worthless.
    A recourse might be to put the screws to NASA. How?
    Step 1: remember HST
    the American people got that political hack/quisling NASA director O’Keefe to recant, and the rescue mission went through.
    2: Find someone with media access to interview the most boring Astronaut ever, Scott Kelly on one of NASA tv’s endless, tedious, weekly interviews, and put it to him, “Can you cowboy up for 14 months and set an all time on-orbit flight record” I bet he says yes so fast it would make the powers-that-be heads spin.
    3. Start the same call-in/e-mail campaign that saved the HST….the USA used to break aerospace records every month..maybe we can again?

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