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03/03/2016

Yearlong spaceman back home in Houston with family, pool

Expedition 46 Commander Scott Kelly of NASA, left, is greeted by Jill Biden, wife of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, after arriving at Ellington Field, Thursday, March 3, 2016 in Houston, Texas, after his return to Earth. The Soyuz TMA-18M spacecraft landed near the town of Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan, on Wednesday with Kelly and Russian cosmonauts Mikhail Kornienko and Sergey Volkov of Roscosmos. Kelly and Kornienko are completing an International Space Station record year-long mission to collect valuable data on the effect of long duration weightlessness on the human body that will be used to formulate a human mission to Mars. Volkov is returning after six months on the station.

Expedition 46 Commander Scott Kelly of NASA, left, is greeted by Jill Biden, wife of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, after arriving at Ellington Field, Thursday, March 3, 2016 in Houston, Texas, after his return to Earth. The Soyuz TMA-18M spacecraft landed near the town of Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan, on Wednesday with Kelly and Russian cosmonauts Mikhail Kornienko and Sergey Volkov of Roscosmos. Kelly and Kornienko are completing an International Space Station record year-long mission to collect valuable data on the effect of long duration weightlessness on the human body that will be used to formulate a human mission to Mars. Volkov is returning after six months on the station.

NASA space champ Scott Kelly is finally back home in Houston with his family and the swimming pool that he craved throughout his yearlong absence from Planet Earth.

Before he could go home to his own bed Thursday, Kelly had to endure more medical tests to measure his body's adaptation to gravity.

Kelly's girlfriend and his two daughters, ages 20 and 12, rushed into his arms after he exited the NASA jet that brought him back to Houston from Kazakhstan in the wee hours of Thursday. His identical twin, retired astronaut Mark Kelly, and their father were next in line to greet him.

This last leg of his journey, by plane, took a whole day because of weather delays.

Kelly's 340-day space station mission set a NASA record.



    Editor:Albert | Source: The Associated Press


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