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Japanese ISS astronaut Kanai lands in Kazakhstan after 5½-month mission

The Japan Times

ZHEZKAZGAN, KAZAKHSTAN – Three crew members of the International Space Station returned to Earth on Sunday after completing a 5½-month mission, the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration said. A Soyuz spacecraft carrying Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov, Norishige Kanai of Japan and Scott Tingle of NASA landed in the Kazakhstan countryside around 6:40 p.m., 3½ hours after detaching from the station. The three had been on the orbital laboratory since mid-December, with Shkaplerov, 46, serving as mission commander from February until he turned over command to American Drew Feustel on Saturday. Kanai, a 41-year-old former Maritime Self-Defense Force doctor, drew international attention for claiming on Twitter to have grown 9 cm taller after three weeks at the space station due to the absence of gravity. He later said he had made a measurement mistake and it had only grown 2 cm.

Astronaut sorry for saying he grew 3.5 inches in space

Daily Mail - Science & tech

A Japanese astronaut has apologised for wrongly claiming he has grown 3.5 inches (9cm) since arriving at the International Space Station (ISS) three weeks ago.

Japanese astronaut who suggested he might not fit in capsule to get home him from space admits to 'fake news'

The Independent - Tech

A Japanese astronaut who caused worldwide concern after announcing he had stretched out and might not fit in his return capsule has clarified that he is fine.

Astronaut apologizes for 'fake news' about his height increase


On January 8th, Japanese astronaut Norishige Kanai caused some concern when he tweeted that he'd grown about 9 cm (around 3 and a half inches) in his three weeks about the International Space Station. Well, it turns it that's not actually the case. Kanai, who is a tweeted an apology last night, saying that he re-measured himself after the media flurry surrounding his announcement, and he's only grown about 2 cm.