Astronomical Growth Turns Out To Be 'Fake News,' Says Japanese Astronaut

金井 宣茂 on Twitter:

"Good morning, everybody. I have a major announcement today".

Lt Kanai aired concerns he would grow so tall that he might not fit into the seat of the Russian Soyuz vehicle scheduled to bring him home in June.

And just as Twitter users bombarded Kanai with messages of envy on his newfound ability to reach things on the top shelf, doubts about the measurements began to weigh in on the astronaut's mind after his colleague suggested such a spurt was unlikely, the Japan Times reported. I had physical measurements since I got to space.

Most astronauts "grow" during protracted space missions because their spines extend in the absence of gravity, but the gains are usually limited to a couple of centimeters (inches) maximum and disappear once they are back on the ground.

'I grew like some plant in just three weeks.

Kanai has been on a mission to the International Space Station since December 17 and is expected to stay until June. Upon returning to earth and its gravitational pull, astronauts return to their usual height. I haven't grown like this since high school.




As NASA points out, "It is a commonly known fact that astronauts living aboard the International Space Station grow up to 3 percent taller while living in microgravity".

When asked if Kanai should be concerned about making it back to Earth, Anderson said he is not anxious because once you return to Earth your spine shrinks back to normal. Nine centimetres is a lot, but as Libby Jackson of the UK Space Agency told BBC, "it is possible, knowing that every human body is different".

Kanai will be landing back on Earth in a Soyuz spacecraft within the next six months.

An astronaut fears he's grown so much while in space he might not be able to fit into his transport back to Earth.

After an influx of media interest-and questions from his captain-Kanai made a decision to remeasure himself to find out how tall he had actually become.

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