NASA astronaut hits halfway point of yearlong spaceflight

By By MARCIA DUNN 09.15.2015 news > Science
In this Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015 image made from video provided by NASA, astronauts Scott Kelly, left, and Kjell Lindgren, aboard the International Space Station, speak to actors from the movie "The Martian." On Tuesday, Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko clocked in for their 171st day aboard the International Space Station since arriving on March 27. The two are scheduled to spend 342 days in space. (NASA via AP)

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Space station astronaut Scott Kelly is halfway home.

Kelly marked the midway point of his yearlong space mission Tuesday. He’s sharing the voyage with Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko. They arrived at the International Space Station in March and won’t return to Earth until next March.

Kelly says he’s not counting down the days yet. Rather, he’s still counting up. He passed the 171-day mark Tuesday, with 171 more days to go. At the end, it will be just a tad short of a full year. That will break NASA’s current record of seven months for a single spaceflight.

To mark the occasion, Kelly took time out to chat with two cast members from the upcoming movie, “The Martian.” The actors spent the day touring Johnson Space Center in Houston.

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