Astronaut anxious about transport home after space growth spurt

Japanese astronaut sorry for growth mistake

"Good morning, good morning", tweeted Kanai yesterday from the International Space Station.

Kanai soon followed up his announcement with his concerns that he might not be able to fit in a seat on his flight home.

An apology for "tweeting out such fake news" didn't come from a media member accused by President Trump, but from a Japanese astronaut whose growth in outer space was miscalculated. I've had physical measurements since I got to space, and, wow, I've grown by up to nine centimetres.

Yes. Lt Kanai, 41, is a Japanese doctor selected as an astronaut candidate by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) in 2009.

Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli, who grew two inches on his 138-day stay on the International Space Station in 2017, told ABC News it was a very uncomfortable ride home from the space station.

"On Earth, gravity pulls on you, and so your spine is compressed", Anderson said.

And when astronauts return to earth, so too do they return to their usual height.

'I grew like some plant in just three weeks.

He joined five other worldwide astronauts in December for Expedition 54 to the global Space Station and is orbiting Earth 250 miles above. Nothing like this since high school. His initial measurement was so extreme that he anxious he'd be too big for the tight space, which contains seat liners custom-molded for each astronaut and can not fit anyone above 6 feet, 3 inches tall.

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. Kanai had better think short thoughts and spend some time pushing his head against the ISS walls to try and squash himself back down a bit.

He expressed fears he may not fit into the Soyuz spacecraft for his return to Earth - but later said sorry for getting his height wrong.



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