One year away from Earth

Claiming that he will definitely miss the natural breath taking landscapes of Earth, the Russian astronaut Baikonur from Kazakhstan is planning on leaving his mother planet for a whole year. On the other hand, his American partner mocks the question, saying that he won’t miss his twin brother. Mikhail Kornienko, Gennady Padalka and American Scott Kelly are preparing to stay abroad a Soyuz space capsule until March 2016. In the meantime, Padalka will be busy, taking part of a 6 months mission.

The team is going to launch early Saturday. On Thursday, at a news conference that took place in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, Kornienko confessed that will definitely miss one of his dearest things in life; nature. That was the same thing he declared on his previous trip into space, in 2010. He also asked the psychological support team for a nature themed calendar to take with him. Asked if he will be missing his twin brother Mark, also an astronaut, Kelly joked that they are both used to be “one space away” from each other. He also confessed that he had been gone longer than a year in the past, and survived without missing his brother.

Russians Mikhail Kornienko and Gennady Padalka and American Scott Kelly are to launch early Saturday aboard a Soyuz space capsule for the International Space Station. Kelly and Kornienko are to stay there until March 2016, while Padalka will be on a six-month mission.

 

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