Awesome! Astronaut ready for year in space
"It's fun when you're done with it, not while you're doing it," Kelly said Wednesday, barely a week after being named to the marathon flight along with Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko.
The mission, set to begin in 2015, is intended as a medical test bed for even longer Mars expeditions in the decades ahead.
Space station life can be routine, Kelly noted during a news conference.
"In the morning, you wake up, you're at work. When you go to sleep, you're also at work. So imagine being in your office for a whole year and you never get to leave," he said. "That is a challenge and it presents its own set of issues, but I think I'm up for it."
Kelly, 48, a Navy captain, has two daughters, ages 9 and 18. The youngest, Charlotte, screamed "awesome" when she learned her father was selected for the one-year mission.
Meanwhile, in Russia, Kornienko's wife wept at the news. The 52-year-old cosmonaut, a rocket engineer with one daughter, said he initially had some doubts about taking on such a challenge. He previously spent six months in space.
Kelly said he has no idea how or why he ended up being chosen. He will set a U.S. space endurance record with this mission. No American has spent more than seven months in space at a time.
Critical thinking challenge: The families of the two astronauts chosen to spend a year in space reacted differently to the news that they were selected for the mission. Why did they react differently?
Define these words: endurance, unprecedented
- Posted on December 6, 2012