Scott Kelly is back after spending 340 days on the International Space Station and he is wrestling with some physical issues that weren’t there one year ago. Kelly says he is experiencing soreness and joint pains that are different from the last time he returned from space. Kelly also says he is experiencing ultra sensitive skin due to not grasping things for so long. His skin has become so sensitive it even hurts and burns when he sits or lies down. The usual maximum time astronauts spend on a single trip in the International Space Station is six months but Kelly doubled his stay this go around, and with apparent consequences.
NASA doctors and medical researchers will be making a closer examination of Kelly to try and fully understand what he is feeling and how it differs from his last mission. This is also likely to open up even more research on how space flight affects humans and what sorts of precautions or preventative measures NASA can take to better protect astronauts as well as future civilian space travel.
Life support systems have gotten better over time but the human body wasn’t made to live in a weightless environment so understanding how and why this happened to Kelly is important research. It will be interesting to see NASA’s findings about this particular case to understand why Kelly has these symptoms. One wonders if these symptoms could be an individual phenomenon that maybe only a select few might experience or if this is indeed how all humans would react from a year in space. We’ll keep our eyes and ears on NASA and try and bring you any findings they might publish on the matter.
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