NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly Has Touched Down On Earth

02/03/2016 4:10 PM AEDT | Updated 15/07/2016 12:51 PM AEST
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US astronaut Scott Kelly gestures as his space suit is tested at the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome, prior to blasting off to the International Space Station (ISS), late on March 27, 2015. The international crew of US astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonauts Gennady Padalka and Mikhail Kornienko is scheduled to blast off to the ISS from Baikonur early on March 28. AFP PHOTO / KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV (Photo credit should read KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly has landed on Earth, marking the end of his record-breaking mission in space.

Kelly and Russian 'cosmonauts' Mikhail Kornienko and Sergey Volkov successfully docked in Kazakhstan at 11:26pm EST, after spending 340 days on the International Space Station.

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The mission was part of a NASA experiment to see how weightlessness affects the body.

And, thanks to Kelly's sublime social media action, the entire world has been watching.

It has been a journey for all of us back on Earth as we have revelled in his stunning snaps and laughed at his comedic moments -- only to realise that Scott Kelly is way cooler than any of us could ever dream to be.

1. That time a gorilla chased him around the International Space Station.

On February 23, we witnessed a classic case of an Ape Escape. In space.

Kelly was looking for a touch of humour to lighten up his #YearInSpace. Enter a questionable white box and an astronaut dressed as an ape.

Needed a little humor to lighten up a #YearInSpace. Go big, or go home. I think I'll do both! #SpaceApe

Posted by NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly on Tuesday, February 23, 2016


2. That time he supported women in space.

Kelly has been one to honour those who have taken strides in space before him.

On June 18 1983, Sally Ride became the first American woman to fly in space. Here's what he had to say about it.


3. The selfie that trumped all other selfies.

He has not been one to stray away from the #SundaySelfie bandwagon.

This one was his best yet.

#Bahamas and me. I think we know who's better looking. #YearInSpace #SundaySelfie #space #selfie #iss #pod

A photo posted by Scott Kelly (@stationcdrkelly) on


Safe to say selfies are way cooler in space.

4. The moment he ate veggies in space.

Clearly, Kelly and his coworkers have been looking after their health. Here is the moment they took one giant leap forward for space-grown veggies, after cultivating their first harvest of lettuce.


5. That time he threw shade at the President.

U.S. President Obama joined Kelly for a tweet chat on his #YearInSpace.

Obama asked the question on everyone's minds. And Kelly dropped a zinger.


6. That time he gave himself a flu shot in space.

Flu shots. We all can't stand them. Kelly gave himself a jab in space -- all in the name of NASA research.

Gave myself a flu shot in space today for @ISS research. Your turn, @shuttlecdrkelly!

A photo posted by Scott Kelly (@stationcdrkelly) on


According to NASA, he was part of 383 experiments during his #YearinSpace, including some crafted by Nobel Laureates.

7. That line from Jimmy Fallon

Being in space brings with it many perks. U.S. talk show host Jimmy Fallon weighed in Scott Kelly's relationship status:


8. That time Kelly witnessed his last sunrise in space.

According to NASA, Kelly will have seen 10,944 sunrises and sunsets during his 340-day mission.

Here's his last:

Rise and shine! My last sunrise from space then I gotta go! 1 of 5. Good morning from the International Space Station! #YearInSpace

Posted by NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly on Tuesday, March 1, 2016


9. The moment he left space.

Through Kelly's documentation, we witnessed the moment the Soyuz rocket was undocked from the Space Station before beginning its descent back to Earth.

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