Photographer: NASA via Getty Images
Photographer: NASA via Getty Images

Photos From Scott Kelly's Year in Space

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko returned home to Earth after spending nearly a year in space. This yearlong experiment gives a look into the effects of space on the human body and mind, in preparation for potential manned missions to Mars.
Training
Training

NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly is inside a Soyuz simulator at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center on Thursday, Mar. 5, 2015, in Star City, Russia. Kelly and three other space explorers prepare to launch to the International Space Station for their yearlong mission.

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Launch
Launch

The Soyuz TMA-16M spacecraft carrying NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly, Russian Cosmonauts Mikhail Kornienko, and Gennady Padalka of the Russian Federal Space Agency, takes off for the International Space Station on Saturday, Mar. 28, 2015.

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Approach
Approach

The Soyuz TMA-16M spacecraft approaches the International Space Station.

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Space Selfie
Space Selfie

Kelly is seen inside the Cupola, a special module that provides a 360-degree viewing of the Earth and the International Space Station.

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Cupola With a View
Cupola With a View

Kelly captured this image of his view of Earth from the International Space Station Cupola.

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Home Away From Home
Home Away From Home

Kelly shows his personal living quarters in space. He tweeted this image with the comment: " My #bedroom aboard #ISS. All the comforts of #home. Well, most of them. #YearInSpace."

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Snack Time
Snack Time

As snack time on the International Space Station hits, Kelly watches a bunch of fresh carrots float in front of him.

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First Spacewalk Selfie
First Spacewalk Selfie

Kelly took this photograph during a spacewalk on Oct. 28, 2015. Sharing the image on social media, he wrote, "#SpaceWalkSelfie Back on the grid! Great first spacewalk yesterday. Now on to the next one next week. #YearInSpace."

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Hurricane Danny
Hurricane Danny

Kelly photographed Hurricane Danny as the International Space Station orbited over the central Atlantic Ocean on Aug. 20, 2015.

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Work for Fresh Air
Work for Fresh Air

Kelly, left, and Terry Virts work on a carbon dioxide removal assembly (CDRA) inside the station's Japanese Experiment Module. The CDRA system works to remove carbon dioxide from the cabin air, allowing for an environmentally safe crew cabin.

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#Himalayas
#Himalayas

Kelly posted this photo on Twitter with the caption, "Cool frozen lake in #Himalayas! #YearInSpace."

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Spanish Color Palette
Spanish Color Palette

Kelly posted this photo of Spain taken from the International Space Station on Instagram with the caption, "Color palette of the #Spanish coast is an appealing morning view. #GoodMorning from @ISS! #YearInSpace #colors #colorful #earth #space #spacestation #iss #morning."

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7 Hours 48 Minutes
7 Hours 48 Minutes

Kelly works outside of the International Space Station during a spacewalk on Nov. 6, 2015. He and fellow NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren restored the port truss (P6) ammonia cooling system to its original configuration and returned ammonia to the desired levels in both the prime and back-up systems. The spacewalk lasted 7 hours and 48 minutes.

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Flag Day
Flag Day

Kelly took this photograph in the Cupola of the International Space Station on June 14, 2015. He wrote, "Stars and stripes from @Space_station. Happy #NationalFlagDay! #YearInSpace."

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Spacewalk Selfie 2.0
Spacewalk Selfie 2.0

Kelly snaps a quick selfie during a spacewalk on Dec. 21, 2015. NASA astronauts Scott Kelly and Tim Kopra released brake handles on crew equipment carts on either side of the space station's mobile transporter rail car so it could be latched in place ahead of Wednesday's docking of a Russian cargo resupply spacecraft.

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View of Africa
View of Africa

Kelly snaps an Earth observation photograph of Southwestern Africa.

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Descent
Descent

Russia's Soyuz TMA-18M space capsule carrying the International Space Station crew of U.S. astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonauts Mikhail Kornienko and Sergei Volkov lands in a remote area outside the town of Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan, on March 2, 2016. Kelly and Kornienko returned to Earth after spending almost a year in space in a ground-breaking experiment foreshadowing a potential manned mission to Mars. 

 

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Peep Hole
Peep Hole

International Space Station crew member Mikhail Kornienko of Russia is seen inside the Soyuz TMA-18M space capsule after landing in Kazakhstan

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Retrieval
Retrieval

A search and rescue team works at the site of landing of the Soyuz TMA-18M space capsule.

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Home Planet
Home Planet

Ground personnel help Scott Kelly get out of the Soyuz TMA-18M space capsule after landing.

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Welcome Back
Welcome Back

Members of the NASA support team help Kelly get off a helicopter on arrival from the landing site.

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