Rovio and NASA welcome home astronaut Scott Kelly after a year in space

3.3.2016

Angry Birds Friends is about to get spacey! Astronaut Scott Kelly has just come home after a one-year mission aboard the International Space Station (ISS), and we wanted to welcome him back to Earth with a special Year in Space tournament in Angry Birds Friends presented in collaboration with NASA.

The tournament takes place on a version of the ISS in the Angry Birds universe, and highlights the scientific aims of Scott’s mission -- including the gathering of knowledge that will help humankind’s first journey to Mars.

We asked our friends at NASA to explain more about Scott’s mission. So play the tournament here, check out the trailer below, and read on:

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We hope you enjoy Angry Birds Friends’ One-Year Mission Tournament, the latest collaborative effort between NASA and Rovio. It features the historic year in space with veteran astronaut Scott Kelly.

Scott’s one-year mission aboard the International Space Station has helped to advanced deep space exploration and America’s journey to Mars. The mission's investigations will provide data on physical and mental changes and challenges astronauts may face when they embark on longer-duration missions.

NASA and the space station’s international partnership selected several investigations for this special mission to evaluate the effects of long-duration spaceflight on the human body, including functional and behavioral health, visual impairment, metabolic processes, physical performance, and microbial and human factors.

Science and technical information collected on Scott and his twin brother Mark Kelly here on Earth began a year before he left Earth in March 2015, intensified during the 340-day mission on board station, and will continue for more than a year after his return.

By the time Scott puts his feet back on the ground, he will have traveled nearly 144 million miles. That’s 5,440 orbits of our home planet, about the average distance to the Red Planet. And he didn’t stay inside the space station the entire time. During his year in space, Scott executed three spacewalks to help maintain the safe operation of the orbiting laboratory.

During more than 15 years of continuous human presence aboard the International Space Station, scientists and researchers have gained valuable data about the effects of microgravity on bone density, muscle mass, strength, vision, and other aspects of human physiology. Kelly’s year in space adds significantly to this knowledge.

The International Space Station serves as the world’s only microgravity laboratory where researchers conduct cutting edge research and technology development that will enable human and robotic exploration of destinations beyond low-Earth orbit, including asteroids and Mars, while directly benefiting everyone living on Earth.

Don’t forget to experience the links for more information about the International Space Station, Scott, NASA, and our ongoing research and technology development that will help power our journey to Mars!

Bob Jacobs
NASA Headquarters

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