The One-Year Mission: By the Numbers on This Week @NASA – February 26, 2016 | Summary and Q&A

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The One-Year Mission: By the Numbers on This Week @NASA – February 26, 2016

TL;DR

Astronauts Scott Kelly and Mikhail Kornienko complete their one-year mission on the International Space Station, conducting extensive experiments for future space exploration. Other updates include the upcoming launch of Expedition 47-48 and testing of Boeing's CST-100 Starliner spacecraft.

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Questions & Answers

Q: What was the purpose of the one-year expedition on the International Space Station?

The one-year expedition aimed to study the effects of long-duration spaceflight on the human body through biomedical and psychological experiments.

Q: How many experiments did the one-year crew conduct during their time on the International Space Station?

The one-year crew performed almost 400 experiments during their one-year mission on the International Space Station.

Q: What is the distance covered by Scott Kelly and Mikhail Kornienko during their one-year mission?

Scott Kelly and Mikhail Kornienko traveled a total distance of approximately 143,846,525 miles, which is roughly equivalent to the distance of a trip from Earth to Mars.

Q: What are some updates on upcoming space missions?

Expedition 47-48, with NASA astronaut Jeff Williams, is scheduled to launch on March 18. Additionally, Boeing's CST-100 Starliner spacecraft is undergoing water landing testing to be prepared for emergency situations during launch or ascent.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • Scott Kelly and Mikhail Kornienko spent a year on the International Space Station, conducting biomedical and psychological studies to understand the effects of long-duration spaceflight.

  • The one-year crew performed nearly 400 experiments, completed 5,440 orbits of the Earth, and traveled a distance equal to a trip from Earth to Mars.

  • The next crew, Expedition 47-48, featuring NASA astronaut Jeff Williams, is preparing for launch, while Boeing's CST-100 Starliner spacecraft undergoes water landing testing.

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