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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.

ISS: Japanese astronaut Norishige Kanai worried by growth spurt

BBC News

A Japanese astronaut who is living on the International Space Station says he has grown 9cm (3.5in) since arriving there just over three weeks ago.

JAXA astronaut Norishige Kanai ponders life out there after six-month stay on ISS

The Japan Times

JAXA astronaut Norishige Kanai came back to earth last month but is still dreaming of space, especially after the discovery of an underground lake on Mars brought mankind one step closer to unraveling the mystery of whether life exists on the red planet. "I was so excited about the news," the 41-year-old doctor with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency said in an interview Friday, calling it "a major discovery that inspires dreams." International astronomers on Wednesday announced they had detected the largest body of liquid water ever found on Mars, a breakthrough that may hold clues to whether life has ever formed on the planet or even exists today. Kanai, who spent 168 days on the International Space Station, is firmly convinced that we're not alone in the universe and there is life out there. "I believe there is," he said.

New ISS member Norishige Kanai eager to explain mission experiments to followers on Earth

The Japan Times

Astronaut Norishige Kanai told reporters from the International Space Station late Friday that he is eager to work harder on his experiments and explain them over the internet.