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The new details now surrounding what will be the longest amount of time an American is spent in space during a single space mission.
Scott Kelly twin brother of Gabby Giffords husband mark Kelly now set to spend an entire year.
He drew the short straw.
What well how I guess he -- the long straw that what what does this begin Casey.
Yeah -- it's actually quite a privilege and Scott Kelly talked about this this morning at a press conference that happened down at Johnson space -- And he says that he's honored because he was on a very long list of very qualified astronauts to carry this out training starts early next year.
And then be anticipated launch into space will happen.
In spring of 2015.
48 year old Scott Kelly by the way has been a total of 180.
Days in space and he joins NASA.
This mission will break many records it is the longest trip ever to the International Space Station.
Kelly will be up there with the Russian cosmonaut for an entire year.
Bringing his total days in orbit.
The current US record is 381.
I also want to point out people over -- do this as an EM as a long duration ISS mission.
And I want to clear something up that six months is a long duration mission.
Six months is a very long time if you think back.
What are you -- -- six months ago.
You know might be hard for you to remember.
And I was just referencing that press conference these are live pictures of that press conference down in Houston again at Johnson Space Center that is still under way Scott Kelly.
This will be his fourth trip to space by the way as you know his brother mark Kelly.
Served as commander of the final space shuttle.
Endeavor mission bill he -- candidate -- a pretty bright brush.
What should get a do for -- you -- Well you know they're going to be doing work obviously on the International Space Station but really this is a lot about studies they're going to be studying these two men more specifically.
You know what type of health impacts that being up in space for a prolonged period of time.
Will have -- space flight will affect the human body because NASA says this is important.
As the space agency continues to look at plans to send men to places like Mars and by the way build the trip to Mars.
Takes a mere eight months one way to get there so obviously when we do eventually send -- all the way up there.
You know they're going to be in space for prolonged periods of time -- that's why these medical studies and things that are going to be completed on Kelly and his Russian counterpart.
Are so crucial indeed they are thank you Casey and best of luck to him got -- what do -- absolutely wow -- to go right it's not just.
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