CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP/WISH) — Space superman Scott Kelly’s yearlong mission wraps up on Tuesday and it’s one for the NASA history books.
On Tuesday morning, Kelly posted a picture of his last sunrise in space.
The NASA astronaut has been living at the International Space Station since last March. He will land in Kazakhstan after spending 340 consecutive days in space. This is a U.S. record.
Kelly will have completed 5,440 laps around the planet. Logged 143.8 million miles. Welcomed nine visiting spacecraft. Shared the place with 14 other humans, including his roommate for the long haul, Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko, also returning to Earth.
He drank nearly 200 gallons of recycled urine and sweat, collected from himself and everyone else on board.
He snapped hundreds of breathtaking pictures of the home planet and posted them on Instagram and Twitter as StationCDRKelly, not to be confused with ShuttleCDRKelly, retired astronaut Mark Kelly, his identical twin. The brothers have taken part in an unprecedented twins study over the past year.
The 52-year-olds say they’re proud to have served as guinea pigs for future Mars expeditions. For NASA, getting astronauts to Mars in 20 years is what this yearlong mission is all about.