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How the Epic One-Year Space Station Mission Works (Infographic)

Chart of medical investigations done on the year-long space mission.
An astronaut and a cosmonaut spend an entire year aboard the ISS to provide data on the health implications of space travel. (Image credit: By Karl Tate, Infographics Artist)

Astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko are spending a year living aboard the International Space Station to help NASA learn more about the effects of long-term space travel on the human body.

 

Meanwhile, Scott’s brother and fellow astronaut, Mark Kelly, will be monitored on Earth, in a first-ever twins study of health effects comparing space flight to living on Earth. [Read more news about the one-year mission]

 

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Karl's association with Space.com goes back to 2000, when he was hired to produce interactive Flash graphics. From 2010 to 2016, Karl worked as an infographics specialist across all editorial properties of Purch (formerly known as TechMediaNetwork).  Before joining Space.com, Karl spent 11 years at the New York headquarters of The Associated Press, creating news graphics for use around the world in newspapers and on the web.  He has a degree in graphic design from Louisiana State University and now works as a freelance graphic designer in New York City.