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Did you do it? WASN’T IT AWESOME!?
That is the official crew portrait for International Space Station Expedition 45. Those guys are legitimate astronauts. I mean, astronauts are pretty close to the top of the awesomeness pyramid anyway just because they’re astronauts, and what could be cooler then that? Astronauts dressed up as Jedi, that’s what.
But wait, it gets cooler.
How could it possibly get cooler, you ask? Well, I’ll tell you. When this expedition launches, two of these guys, Scott Kelly and Mikhail Kornienko (bottom right and middle right respectively in the portrait) are going to be staying at ISS for a FULL YEAR. This will be the longest any human being has spent in space. The purpose of their mission is to learn about the long term effects of space travel on the human body, and help NASA and other space agencies start figuring out how better to compensate for the health problems caused by prolonged weightlessness. The hope is that information of this nature will help us prepare for eventual maned deep space missions, such as the mission to mars everyone likes to speculate about.
Pretty cool, right? But I’m not done.
Here’s the coolest part of the whole thing. Scott Kelly has an identical twin brother, who is also an astronaut. (Which is pretty damn cool on it’s own, right?) Mark Kelly will also be participating in this mission, but from Earth. He gets to be the control for a series of medical tests and experiments that the twins will undertake during this year long mission. If you’re interested in hearing a little more about exactly what these tests and experiments will consist of, SciShow Space did a video on that very topic. (Also, SciShow Space. Watch it.)
The frontier of human knowledge is being pioneered by space traveling identical twins. So basically it’s official, real life is stranger and more awesome then fiction. It’s cool, reality, you can drop that mic if you want to.