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NASA Twin Astronaut Study

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NASA Launches New Research, Seeks the Subtle in Parallel Ways

On March 7, NASA announced the selection of 10 investigations for the study of identical twin astronauts Scott and Mark Kelly and, in doing so, launched human space life science research into a new era. Although NASA’s Human Research Program has been researching the effects of spaceflight on the human body for decades, these 10 investigations will provide NASA with broader insight into the subtle effects and changes that may occur in spaceflight as compared to Earth-based environments. NASA and the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) will jointly manage this ambitious new undertaking.

“We realized this is a unique opportunity to perform a class of novel studies because we had one twin flying aboard the International Space Station and one twin on the ground,” says Craig Kundrot, Ph.D. and deputy chief scientist of NASA’s Human Research Program. “We can study two individuals who have the same genetics, but are in different environments for one year.”

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NASA HRP Twins Research Study with Craig Kundrot

On March 7, NASA announced the selection of 10 investigations for the study of identical twin astronauts Scott and Mark Kelly and, in doing so, launched human space life science research into a new era. Although NASA's Human Research Program has been researching the effects of spaceflight on the human body for decades, these 10 investigations will provide NASA with broader insight into the subtle effects and changes that may occur in spaceflight as compared to Earth-based environments.

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Heinlein sort of covered this in his 1956 novel "Time for the Stars"... of course he had the twins being telepathic... but part of the intent was the same - to study the effects on twins - one ground based and the other travelling near the speed of light...

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to study the effects on twins

In this case that is NOT NASA's main objective. The objective is to study the effects of a one year mission on the human body (a Russian cosmonaut, Mikhail Kornienko will also be undertaking the year long mission). It just happens to be a fortunate coincidence that Scott Kelly is one of a pair of identical twins. Even more fortunate is that fact that Scott's twin, Mark, is also a former NASA astronaut and so is more than willing to take part in the project.

Some will remember that Mark Kelly is married to former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords who was shot and seriously wounded in January 2011, leading to his retirement from the US Navy and NASA in October of that year..

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Space Station Live: Astronaut Twins Unique Opportunity for Research

Public Affairs Officer Brandi Dean talks with Dr. Craig Kundrot, deputy chief scientist for NASA's Human Research Program, about the scientific studies that were made possible by NASA's decision to fly veteran astronaut Scott Kelly aboard the International Space Station for one year, beginning March 2015, while his identical twin brother, retired astronaut Mark Kelly, remains on Earth.

NASA's Human Research Program will fund 10 short-term, first-of-its-kind investigations into the molecular, physiological and psychological effects of spaceflight in a continuous effort to reduce the health impacts of human space exploration.

Credit: NASA

Source: NASA - Multimedia

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