NASA's Scott Kelly broke the United States record for the longest time spent in space after having spent 383 cumulative days away from the Earth. Halfway through his mission, he will also be setting a record for the United States' longest single space mission while on the International Space Station, according to the Associated Press.
— Scott Kelly (@StationCDRKelly) October 16, 2015
Kelly is now situated above the Himalayas. He was able to snatch the highest number of time in space from astronaut Mike Fincke. His mission is to stay in space for a year so scientists can observe how the human body will adapt to its foreign environment due to space flights that take a long time. Scientists are also observing and studying Kelly's identical twin on Earth, Mark Kelly.
"Breaking such a record for time in space is important because every additional day helps us better understand how long-duration spaceflight affects bodies and minds, which is critical to advancing NASA's journey to Mars," said NASA Friday, according to CNN.
Together with Kelly on his crew are cosmonauts Oleg Kononenko and Sergei Volkov who are part of the Russian Federal Space Agency, from NASA is Kjell Lindgren and from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency is Kimiya Yui, according to the Inquisitr.
Kelly's record is far from the world record holder, Gennady Padalka of Russia, who spent 879 days in space.
Kelly provided his Twitter followers with outstanding snapshots from space while on his mission.
Showy strokes of #sunrise to start your #Sunday! Good morning from @space_station! #YearInSpace pic.twitter.com/mcWt7V6r48 — Scott Kelly (@StationCDRKelly) October 18, 2015
#EarthArt Across the Greatest Desert- #Sahara #YearInSpace pic.twitter.com/1C3TqDybjt — Scott Kelly (@StationCDRKelly) October 17, 2015