US space agency NASA has announced that two of its astronaut, namely Mark Kelly and his twin brother Scott Kelly, are tightening their sleeves for a medical study linked with the International Space Station (ISS).
This will mark the first-ever year-long study which will be carried by an astronaut staying at the space station for the complete study period.
According to the American space agency, Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko will begin their ISS mission on March 27. The two astronauts will act as a test-subject for various experiments at ISS.
Mark Kelly, a retired NASA astronaut who has flown four space shuttle missions during his tenure, will also be part of scientific studies.
The space scientists are hopeful that the scientific data collected by NASA during the study period could assist in better understanding the impact of space atmosphere on an astronaut’s body and how does the body respond after being out of earth’s atmosphere for longer duration in space.
NASA has high expectation with the ISS mission as the space agency believes it could greatly help in the next generation of space exploration. According to the reports, the scientists will be comparing the medical data from the two astronauts at the ISS in order to comprehend the results gathered from extended mission of Scott.
NASA said that the two astronauts will spend nearly a year at the ISS.