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3 astronauts to blast off for 1-year trip to space station

2 Russians, 1 American astronauts to blast off for a year away from Earth on the space station

U.S. astronaut Scott Kelly, right, crew member of the mission to the International Space Station, ISS, poses through a safety glass with his brother, ...
U.S. astronaut Scott Kelly, crew member of the mission to the International Space Station, ISS, attends a news conference in the Russian leased Baikon...
Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka, crew member of the mission to the International Space Station, ISS, attends a news conference in Russian leased Bai...

Kazakhstan Russia Space Station

U.S. astronaut Scott Kelly, right, crew member of the mission to the International Space Station, ISS, poses through a safety glass with his brother, ...

Kazakhstan Russia Space Station

U.S. astronaut Scott Kelly, crew member of the mission to the International Space Station, ISS, attends a news conference in the Russian leased Baikon...

Kazakhstan Russia Space Station

Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka, crew member of the mission to the International Space Station, ISS, attends a news conference in Russian leased Bai...

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (AP) -- An American astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts are to blast off early Saturday to begin a year away from Earth.

Of the three-man team, American Scott Kelly and Russian Mikhail Kornienko are to stay at the International Space Station until March 2016. Their trip is NASA's first stab at a one-year spaceflight, anticipating Mars expeditions that would last two-to-three years.

Kelly, Kornienko and another Russian, Gennady Padalka, will begin their marathon mission with a Soyuz rocket launch from Kazakhstan and are to arrive at the orbiting outpost six hours later.

Kelly's identical twin Mark, a retired astronaut, agreed to take part in many of the same medical experiments as his orbiting sibling to help scientists see how a body in space compares with its genetic double on Earth.


Updated : 2021-09-28 22:00 GMT+08:00