A year in space: the longest mission on the ISS
During an annual stay on the ISS, Scott Kelly set a record for the total length of stay in space, as well as the duration of one mission for an American astronaut. Participants in the annual mission to work aboard the ISS - NASA astronaut Scott Kelly, along with their partners Mikhail Kornienko and Sergey Volkov, will return to Earth on March 2.
Landing is scheduled for March 2 at 07:26 Moscow time. Interestingly, after landing, Kornienko and Kelly will have to leave the descent vehicle on their own, simulating a landing on Mars, where there will be no meeting rescuers. “Immediately after landing in a medical tent, I will have to perform a series of tests: pass, keeping balance, do some squats, walk up the stairs, ” explains Mikhail Kornienko. - That is, to perform those actions that may be performed by the members of the expedition after descent to the surface of Mars. In the Star City, two to three days after landing, a centrifuge awaits me - tests with overloads. I will work in a spacesuit “Orlan” on a special stand, here are more complex tests. The goal is to simulate landing on Mars and work on its surface. For earthlings all this is no longer idle, but quite practical interest! ”
Upon completion of the flight, Kornienko and Kelly will have 341 days outside the Earth as part of the annual flight program.