My Bad: Japanese Astronaut Norishige Kanai Apologizes Over Measurement Error

Audrey Hill
January 11, 2018

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".

Norishige Kanai told his social media followers on Twitter that he is now anxious he might not fit into the seat of the Russian Soyuz vehicle that is due to bring him home in June.

An apology for "tweeting out such fake news" didn't come from a media member accused by President Trump, but from a Japanese astronaut whose growth in outer space was miscalculated.

"My height's been measured here in space and somehow, somehow, I've grown 9 cm!"

This is the first space mission for the Japanese astronaut who was previously a diving medical officer with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force.

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Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli, who grew two inches on his 138-day stay on the International Space Station in 2017, told ABC News it was a very uncomfortable ride home from the space station. Upon returning to earth and its gravitational pull, astronauts return to their usual height.

As NASA points out, "It is a commonly known fact that astronauts living aboard the International Space Station grow up to 3 percent taller while living in microgravity". I haven't grown like this since high school. "This makes me a little anxious that I might not be able to fit in the Soyuz seats for our return", he added.

Libby Jackson of the UK Space Agency explained his growth was more than expected but did not express concern he could not return to earth. "When you go into space, gravity is lessened and so your body begins to stretch".

Kanai will be landing back on Earth in a Soyuz spacecraft within the next six months.

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. Time in which he could grow even taller.

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