He’s back! Scott Kelly returned from a 340-day mission in space on March 1, and cameras captured him exiting the spaceship and arriving on land for the very first time in nearly a year. Watch it here!
Scott Kelly hadn’t been on land for 340 days when his spaceship landed in the Kazakhstan desert on March 1, and although he looked a little shaky in the unfamiliar atmosphere, he was smiling and optimistic while hoisted from the ship. Watch the video right here!
The 52-year-old astronaut gave the thumbs up while being helped out of the spaceship, still wearing his full spacesuit. Obviously, the atmosphere is completely different up in space compared to down here on Earth, and spending almost a year up there can definitely take a toll a person’s bones and vision, but Scott said just last week that he was feeling good.
“I could go for another 100 days or 100 years,” he admitted, regarding the physical affects. It was the emotional part of the trek to space that made things difficult. “The hardest part is being isolated from people on the ground who are so important to you,” he explained.
340 days is the longest any U.S. astronaut has spent in space, and Scott has been documenting his journey on a public Twitter page for his entire time away. He did a great job at keeping in touch with everyone back home, and kept a personal journal of his entire trip, which he said he might even share with the world.
— NASA (@NASA) March 2, 2016
“I plan to be completely honest about it,” Scott said before launching off last year. “Who knows, maybe there are some crazy thoughts I’ll have at the end that I wouldn’t want to share.” It’s obviously going to take the astronaut some time to get accustomed to everything back here on Earth, but we’ll be anxiously waiting to hear more about his journey!
HollywoodLifers, are you shocked that Scott spent 340 days in space? What did you think of his exit from the spaceship?