MOSCOW — The United States and Russia on Monday named the two men who will spend a year aboard the International Space Station to gather more data on the impact of outer space on humans to help prepare for future interplanetary missions.
A key goal is to help reduce health risks for planned NASA missions around the moon, an asteroid and, ultimately, Mars.
Capt. Kelly’s twin brother, Mark, is the husband of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona, who was targeted in a 2011 assassination attempt, and was the skipper of Space Shuttle Endeavour on its last mission in 2011. He retired then.
China lands first jet on its aircraft carrier
BEIJING — China has successfully landed a fighter jet on its first aircraft carrier, which entered service two months ago, the country’s official news agency confirmed Sunday.
The Liaoning aircraft carrier underscores China’s ambitions to be a leading Asian naval power, but it is not expected to carry a full complement of planes or be ready for combat for some time.
The Defense Ministry’s website carried photos of the jet taking off from and landing on the carrier.
Citing unnamed naval sources, Xinhua said the carrier platform and J-15 capabilities met all requirements and achieved “good compatibility.”
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