NASA Astronaut Who Just Returned From A Year In Space Describes The Effect Its Had On His Body And No Thanks

NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly recently returned to this planet after spending 340 days in orbit. The mission translated to 143,846,525 miles of space travel, 10,260 sunrises and sunsets, and 620 hours on the treadmill.

The mission was intended to help scientists understand the effects of prolonged zero-gravity exposure on the human body. You may remember Kelly sharing incredible photos of a blizzard from space or the President trying to pick his brain while he floated in space.

Obama, you stoned, bruh?

In his first press conference since landing in Kazakhstan on Tuesday, the 52-year-old reported that gravity has beaten him up a bit.

According to Daily Mail, Kelly indicates that one of the most irritating problems is the unexpected sensitivity of his skin, which feels like its ‘burning’ whenever he sits down or walks. Kelly believes the soreness can be attributed to the a lack of contact with surface on the ISS, which he previously reported that his feet are baby-smooth due to not having to walk in the space station.

Kelly’s body has drastically changed since returning, as he stood back-to-back with his identical twin bother and was 1.5 inches taller. The height difference can be attributed to the ISS’ microgravity conditions which elongate the spine. The condition is only temporary and he has since shrunk back.

On top of the debilitating fatigue, soreness, and full-body burning sensation, medical experts expect to see calcium loss from Kelly’s bones at 10 times the rate of an elderly person suffering from osteoporosis.

With this in mind, Kelly said he doubts he will ever embark on an ambitious space travel with NASA again, but does not rule out the possibility of a little vacation in the years to come.

“There’s lots of exciting possibilities out there. Maybe in 20 years you’ll be able to find a cheap ticket and go for a little visit.”

Although its possible that space has fucked Kelly up far more than expected, there are exactly zero of us who will likely ever lay our eyes on this kind of beauty.

[h/t Daily Mail]

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