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Japanese Astronaut Grew In Space, But Not THAT Much

Japanese Astronaut Grew In Space, But Not THAT Much

The 41-year-old Kanai, who went to space last month for a almost six-month mission, posted on Twitter on Monday that he had "a big announcement".

He has taken to Twitter to express concern he won't fit in the Russian Soyuz vehicle set to take him home in June.

Along with astronauts Scott Tingle and Anton Shkaplerov, Kanai arrived at the ISS on 17 December 2017 after launching from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. I had physical measurements since I got to space.

He is a member of the International Space Station expedition 54/55 of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).

He quickly re-measured himself after a Russian colleague questioned the measurement and found that the growth spurt was actually less than an inch - well within the range of what astronauts usually experience in space.

"On Earth, gravity pulls on you, and so your spine is compressed", Anderson said. I grew like some plant in just three weeks, nothing like this since I was a junior high school student.

Member of the International Space Station expedition 54/55 Norishige Kanai of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency during the send-off ceremony after checking their space suits before the launch of the Soyuz MS-07 spacecraft at the Baikonur cosm
Norishige Kanai said he actually grown only two centimeters since being in space for a month

He joined five other worldwide astronauts in December for Expedition 54 to the global Space Station and is orbiting Earth 250 miles above. "As a matter of fact, the tightness I had in my shoulders is gone so I'm pretty certain I did not grow 9 cm".

The Japanese astronaut earlier anxious that he would not be able to fit into the Soyuz seat when going back home at the end of the expedition.

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

What's rare is the rate and amount Lt Kanai has grown in three weeks of living on the space lab.

Thankfully, with a growth of only two centimetres, he would be well below the 191-centimetre limit.

Japanese astronaut Norishige Kanai says that he has grown 9cm in just three weeks - and now worries he won't fit into the capsule to return to our planet. He'd have to grow more than another 9cm for his height to become a problem.

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