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What does it mean to long for home in the most extreme and profound way? As NASA, SpaceX, and other organizations set their sights on flying humans to Mars, they’re also looking to cosmonauts like Mikhail Kornienko, who recently spent almost a year in the International Space Station, to learn about how extended time in space has changed his body and challenged him mentally.
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Landing in Kazakhstan after spending almost an entire year orbiting the Earth in the International Space Station, cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko inhaled the air of the Steppes and said it was “possible to cut it with a knife and spread it on bread.”
What does it mean to long for home in the most extreme and profound way? As NASA, SpaceX, and other organizations set their sights on flying humans to Mars, they’re also looking to cosmonauts like Kornienko to learn about how his extended time spent in space has changed his body, and challenged him mentally.
Read more in "Mars: Inside the High-Risk, High-Stakes Race to the Red Planet" from the November 2016 issue of National Geographic Magazine.
VIDEO: Maxim Arbugaev
EDITOR: Edythe McNamee
PRODUCERS: Kurt Mutchler, Edyther McNamee, Elena Sheveiko
ADDITIONAL FOOTAGE: NASA, NASA Johnson Space Center, NASA Earth Observatory
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