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.

Soyuz takes JAXA rookie Norishige Kanai on first ISS mission

The Japan Times

BAIKONUR, KAZAKHSTAN – A three-man astronaut crew featuring American and Japanese rookies and an experienced Russian cosmonaut blasted off Sunday for a six-month mission aboard the International Space Station.

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.

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.