Scott Kelly Calls Earth Fragile

Posted: Feb 12 2016, 5:41am CST | by , in News | Latest Science News


Scott Kelly Calls Earth Fragile
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  • Astronaut Scott Kelly comments on the Planet’s Atmosphere from aboard the ISS

Astronaut Scott Kelly commented on the home planet’s atmosphere from aboard the ISS. He said that it looked to be very fragile.

It was astronaut Scott Kelly’s last interview from aboard the ISS. He mentioned in passing that the earth’s atmosphere looked very, very fragile from up there in space.

The big blue marble that was the earth definitely looked like an entity that we needed to care for. Kelly will be coming back to our home planet in March. He spoke with CNN’s correspondent Sanjay Gupta through satellite link. 

Scott Kelly has been doing all sorts of media related activities aboard the ISS and also posting pics of the earth and the universe. Kelly was asked this question by Sanjay regarding the planet earth: how would he describe it in terms of a human body?

Scott said that parts of Asia and South America appeared to be engulfed in a thick layer of smog. They had a certain sickness about them. Also weather phenomena such as cyclones were visible elsewhere.

But the biggest thing that Scott said was regarding the fragility and preciousness of the earth. It was a very big asset we had and we were its stewards.  

Kelly had spend 501 days in space up until now. He had been a part of half a dozen missions. And this was his 321st day aboard the ISS as part of this particular mission.

The man has spent a longer time in space than any other astronaut. This is quite a feat alright. The toll that space conditions have taken on Kelly’s body and brain is another story for another time.

His twin brother Mark Kelly also looks forward to seeing his brother in space. According to CNN, Mark is a retired astronaut and currently on earth.

Most of the medical analyses that take place gauge the impact of zero gravity on the bones, eyesight, microbiome of the gut, blood tests, heart beats per minute and cellular health. The psychological effects of space on emotional, cortisol-related and thinking functions were also noted down.  

Kelly looks none the worse for wear. He seems alright and will get a hero’s welcome when he comes back to earth. He admitted that he didn’t have a lot to divulge when he comes back home.

Most of the research he engaged in was imagery-based. He had been doing some tests on his sense of vision, heart rate and other vital signs. Kelly said that there may have been a few signs of weakening body functions but overall it was nothing serious.

In short, there was nothing to be alarmed about. Kelly finally spoke of how being in space was an amazing experience and that there was indeed a possibility of alien life out there somewhere.  

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