Twin astronauts in space study

Hey MOTs, I hope you have been following the careers of NASA’s identical twin astronauts Mark and Scott Kelly.

Scott Kelly, 49, flew two space shuttle missions and lived on the International Space Station for six months. His brother, Mark Kelly, is the husband of former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz. Mark has flown four shuttle missions.

The study is called “Differential Effects on Homozygous Twin Astronauts Associated with Differences in Exposure to Spaceflight Factors.” Scott will launch in March 2015 on a yearlong mission on the International Space Station where he will be tested. Brother Mark will undergo many of the same tests on earth.

I am fascinated by studies and research that look at identical twins and examine how lifestyle, good/bad eating habits, smoking, exercise and the environment can affect not only how they are health wise but also how they look.

How will living in zero gravity for a year impact Scott’s body and appearance? How will what he eats and the rigid NASA sleep schedule affect him? How will the lack of vitamin D (sunshine) make him feel? Will he age less than his earth-bound brother or will there be other factors that might make him look and feel older?

Aren’t you curious? Stay tuned. As a self-proclaimed space nerd I plan to follow the Kelly brothers as soon as the rocket lifts off!

NOTE: Please tell your children not to give up their dreams of being astronauts and living in space. I believe America will move forward. It just might take a while.

All for now.

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