Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help   RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in

New twin experiment to test effects of space


Posted on Tuesday, 15 April, 2014 | Comment icon 10 comments

One twin will visit the ISS while the other stays on Earth. Image Credit: NASA
NASA is set to conduct an unprecedented new study in to the way space can affect the human body.
It has long been established that spending time in space can cause everything from muscle degradation to psychological problems, but obtaining accurate readings on these effects has proven something of a challenge.

Now the space agency is hoping to learn more about this issue by conducting a new experiment involving two astronauts who also happen to be identical twins. Scott and Mark Kelly will both participate in the study which will see Scott spend a whole year on the International Space Station while his brother stays behind on Earth.

A series of medical checks and tests will be conducted both before and after Scott's tenure in space so that the results from both twins can be compared after the experiment is over.

"For the first time, we'll be able to study two individuals who are genetically identical," said Craig Kundrot of Nasa's Human Research Program.

Source: Wired | Comments (10)

Tags: Twins, Space

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Kiltedmusician on 15 April, 2014, 17:23
So after all that hard work and study, you get to flip a coin to see who goes into space and who stays home because your twin brother wanted to be an astronaut too.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 15 April, 2014, 17:26
So after all that hard work and study, you get to flip a coin to see who goes into space and who stays home because your twin brother wanted to be an astronaut too. Not in this case. Scott Kelly's twin, Mark Kelly, WAS also an astronaut, but has now retired. He has been into space. He retired to help support his wife, former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who was badly injured in an assignation attempt.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Kiltedmusician on 15 April, 2014, 18:09
Hm. That kind of compromises him a little as a "control" in this experiment if he's been to space himself at some point doesn't it?
Comment icon #4 Posted by paperdyer on 15 April, 2014, 18:12
This will be interesting, more on the psychological effects. For this to work, I'd like both brothers would need to do the same routine while "on duty" so job differences can be cancelled out. It's the off time that would tell the tale, IMHO.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 15 April, 2014, 18:14
Hm. That kind of compromises him a little as a "control" in this experiment if he's been to space himself at some point doesn't it? Not at all. The experiment is to see what changes occur to a human body during a year long flight. Since both twins are genetically the same, have trained as astronauts and each has flown in space before it makes Mark Kelly the perfect control.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Razer on 16 April, 2014, 0:18
It would be more interesting to me if only one of them ever went up but you take what you can.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 16 April, 2014, 2:28
It would be more interesting to me if only one of them ever went up but you take what you can. The whole point of a control is that it should be as close to the experimental subject as possible. Since the experimental subject, Scott Kelly has prior spaceflight experience it would not be possible to exclude the effects of the previous flights from the effects of the one year flight unless the control subject, Mark Kelly also had prior spaceflight experience. The fact that they are similar both genetically and in terms of spaceflight experience is what makes this experiment possible in the first... [More]
Comment icon #8 Posted by taniwha on 16 April, 2014, 8:50
This will be interesting, more on the psychological effects. For this to work, I'd like both brothers would need to do the same routine while "on duty" so job differences can be cancelled out. It's the off time that would tell the tale, IMHO. Maybe the psychological effects of marriage would be just as damning for the earth twin.
Comment icon #9 Posted by smokeycat on 16 April, 2014, 14:30
who was badly injured in an assignation attempt. I had to look her up after you wrote that.
Comment icon #10 Posted by pallidin on 16 April, 2014, 18:33
I think the general premise of the experiment is outstanding.


Please Login or Register to post a comment.


  On the forums
1962 'thing in the woods' was CIA spy camera
7-26-2017
A mystery spanning over 55 years has finally been solved thanks to newly released CIA documents.
Giant black swan once roamed New Zealand
7-26-2017
Scientists have found evidence of a huge, hulking semi-flightless swan that went extinct 500 years ago.
Time is key to happiness, new study claims
7-25-2017
According to researchers, stressing out over a lack of time is a leading cause of anxiety and depression.
Eden Project UFO revealed as publicity stunt
7-25-2017
Videos and pictures of an alleged UFO over Cornwall have turned out to be part of a promotional exercise.
Featured Videos
Gallery icon 
Augmented reality
Posted 7-26-2017 | 1 comment
A look at a new technology that superimposes computer-generated images over the real world.
 
Redefining the kilogram
Posted 7-24-2017 | 0 comments
How exactly do we define the weight of one kilogram and can it change over time ?
 
Stretchy batteries
Posted 7-23-2017 | 0 comments
Scientists have come up with a way to make batteries and their cases stretchy.
 
Counting to one billion
Posted 7-22-2017 | 1 comment
How long would it take to count to one billion and has anyone ever managed to do so ?
 
Dolphins beach themselves to catch fish
Posted 7-21-2017 | 0 comments
These remarkable dolphins have come up with a unique way to catch themselves a meal.
 
 View: More videos
Stories & Experiences
My real, true experiences
7-26-2017 | New Zealand
 
Incoming call
7-26-2017 | B.T. Collins Park: Folsom, CA
 
Three knocks woke me up twice
7-26-2017 | Virginia
 
Spider signs
7-21-2017 | Michigan
 
My ancestry is calling me
7-21-2017 | Morgan Hill, Ca
 
I can hear someone
6-27-2017 | Maryland
 
My dead father spoke to me
6-27-2017 | Alabama
 
Is my child predicting our death ?
6-27-2017 | Lincoln Park, MI
 
Craig is here
6-10-2017 | Phoenix AZ
 
We saw the same thing!
6-10-2017 | Pooler, GA
 

         More stories | Send us your story
 
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.7 Unexplained-Mysteries.com 2001-2017
Privacy Policy and Disclaimer   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ