Beautiful Pictures From Space-Courtesy Of The Man Who Spent 365 Days In Space
Scott Kelly, the man who has spent more time in space than any other American astronaut, has just made his return back to the earth after spending one year in space. He will be monitored over the years to see the aftermath of living in space for a year. One unique advantage he provides to NASA's doctors is his identical twin brother, Mark, a former NASA astronaut. The medical team will have to closely watch any changes in his body and then match it with that of his twin brother in order to make notes on the aftermath of living in space.
This article shows live pictures tweeted by Scott Kelly from the space. It is a great achievement and advancement for humankind to know that one can now access the internet even from the space. Scott admitted the beauty of living in the space as he could not hold back from taking on the breathtaking scenes.
Earth Veins From Space
Scott said he didn’t even realize he had posted over 1000 pictures on twitter. I can understand it could be boring living for a year in the space.
Many astronauts who have visited the space reported that the body fluids flow to the upper part of the body often causing a swollen face. Of course, many astronauts have reported that on return from the space, they found that they have increased 2 inches in height. This was also confirmed as Scott Kelly had grown two inches taller than his identical twin brother Mark.
One of the main goals of his groundbreaking mission for NASA is to study how well humans can endure — mind, body and spirit — on a long-duration spaceflight. NASA plans to have more people relocated to live in the space before 2020. However, before that happens; they will have to be sure of the health risk of living outside the planet earth.
Since space still remains a new territory for humans, the planet is currently yearning for deeper exploration. There are currently so many health risks living in the space. Some of the factors NASA noted that they will be looking out for on Scott include;
Would You Leave Your Family To Live In Space For A Year?
Face Becomes Puffy And Swollen Legs
Astronaut often have a puffy face when in space simply because blood flows more in the upper part of the body and less in the legs. One would also have to consider the fact that astronauts often carry heavy weight on their legs to sustain the loss of gravity.
Heart Becomes Smaller
The heart works lesser in the space. Due to this fact, the heart may get smaller to the less contraction it does. However, there may also be a risk of coronary disease due to the radiation in space.
Change In Bones Formation
- Since the need to walk in the space is no longer feasible, astronauts now float to move around in space. This has effect on the bones as the release of calcium from the bones will be on the increase which may lead to weak bones in the long run.
In relation to the highlighted reasons above, this may also have effect on the muscle due to the fact that the muscles are not constantly going through a form of exercise to keep them active, this will make them weak over a long time.
Picture Of Earth
Body Balance Issues
Our body parts are so sensitive and could easily adapt to a new region over a long stay. Aside using our ears for hearing, they also provide the body with balance. The function of ear as a means of body balance in the space is unrealistic. The noise and inconsistent vibration of sound in the space renders the ears useless hence reason why the body never get a balance in space.
However, it will take the ears a bit of time in order to adapt to the new environment when coming to earth. Issues with body balance will inevitably be noticed on return to earth after one year in space.
There Could Be Increased Cancer Risk
Undoubtedly, astronauts are exposed to heightened level of radiation in the space which might expose them to cancerous growth.
Photolysis Body Effect
Since there is no day/night in the space, staying in space for a year will mean the body will have to re-adjust to the light effect on return to the earth.
Increase In Height In Space
Human spine increases in length when in space, and this causes astronauts to be taller at least about 2 inches on their return to earth.