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Forum:Space Shuttles - Space Station
Topic:[ISS] Year-long expedition on the space station
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Robert PearlmancollectSPACE
Year-in-space astronaut Scott Kelly packs for home but skips souvenir

Scott Kelly isn't bringing home a souvenir of his year in space.

The NASA astronaut, who has been living and working on the International Space Station since March 2015, is set to return home to Earth on Tuesday (March 1) after 340 days circling the planet. Kelly is the first American to embark on such a long mission and, together with Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko is the first to stay for nearly a year at the orbiting outpost.

"I don't look at souvenirs that have been flown in space the same [way] that other people do, only because I've been in space so many times," Kelly explained Thursday (Feb. 25) in a press conference from the space station. "I absolutely understand why other people do and I respect that, but the fact that I've been here four times and well over 500 days, it doesn't have the same meaning to me."

Robert PearlmancollectSPACE
Scott Kelly and Mikhail Kornienko land on Earth after yearlong space mission

An astronaut and a cosmonaut who spent nearly one year on the International Space Station are now back on Earth.

Scott Kelly of NASA and Mikhail Kornienko of Roscosmos touched down on the snow-covered steppe of Kazakhstan on Russia's Soyuz TMA-18M spacecraft. Their landing, at 10:26 p.m. CST on Tuesday (March 1; 0426 GMT or 10:26 a.m. local time March 2), marked the historic completion of their 340-day expedition.

Sergey Volkov, who had been on the space station for the six months since Sept. 2, landed with Kelly and Kornienko southeast of the Kazakh town of Dzhezkazgan.

Robert PearlmancollectSPACE
Scott Kelly reflects on return to Earth after record 340 days in space

Scott Kelly took a breath in and smelled something he didn't recognize.

"It smells like a fragrance, like a plant was blooming in that area," the NASA astronaut said, recalling his first moments being back on the Earth after nearly a year in space.

"The air was refreshing because it was cool — and it was different than the air I experienced for the last 340 days," he said. "[But] that was the smell of burning Soyuz. It is the charred smell of the Soyuz. It has kind of a sweet smell to it."

See here for discussion of the space station's first yearlong mission.

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