Japanese astronaut worried after growing 9cm in space

Norishige Kanai said he 'grew like a plant'

A Japanese astronaut residing on board the Worldwide House Station has expressed his shock at rising 9cm (three.5in) since arriving in house three weeks in the past.

Lieutenant Norishige Kanai mentioned on social media that he was involved he would not match into the spacecraft that might return him to Earth.

Lt Kanai, 41, was chosen as an astronaut candidate by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Company (JAXA) in 2009.

He launched as JAXA’s crew consultant on Expedition 54 to the Worldwide House Station (ISS) in December.

Lt Kanai tweeted: “Good morning, all people. I’ve a serious announcement at this time. We had our our bodies measured after reaching house, and wow, wow, wow, I had truly grown by as a lot as 9cm!

“I grew like some plant in simply three weeks. Nothing like this since highschool. I am a bit anxious whether or not I am going to match within the Soyuz seat after I return.”

The three-man space crew blasted off on Sunday morning

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Astronauts are tightly measured for his or her placement within the Soyuz capsules which return them to Earth.

Though it’s regular for astronauts to develop just a few inches when in house, they at all times return to their common top when again below the gravitational pull of the Earth’s floor.

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Analysis by NASA has proven that house journey could cause atrophy within the muscle groups supporting the backbone, which regularly do not return to regular even weeks after their return to Earth.

On the time, the researchers mentioned their work “may present useful physiological info to assist a manned mission to Mars”.

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