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Historic NASA mission to launch March 27

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly (lower right) is set to make American space history when he launches March 27 to spend a year in space. Four Russian cosmonauts have already stayed a year or more in orbit. Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko plan to join that exclusive club when they live aboard the International Space Station for a year, making Kelly the first American to break the one-year record.

Joining Kelly and Kornienko in May will be the crew of Expedition 45, all shown here in a prelaunch photo as “defenders of peace and justice in the galaxy.” Kelly will also participate in the Twin Studies with his twin brother, former astronaut Mark Kelly, who will remain on Earth as Scott Kelly orbits overhead. An exciting year of space exploration to come.

These are not the droids you are looking for. NASA photo.

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