Westwood One News' Dirk Van Interviews Pair In Outer Space
April 29, 2015 at 2:29 PM (PT)
WESTWOOD ONE news anchor DIRK VAN interviewed AMERICAN astronaut SCOTT KELLY and RUSSIAN cosmonaut MIKHAIL KORNIENKO live one month into their record year-long stay on the INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION (ISS).
An extended interview will air tomorrow during VAN’s "First Light" program.
KELLY and KORNIENKO blasted off from KAZAKHSTAN last month. During their extended mission, the two men will act as NASA test subjects for several experiments, including the long-term effects of weightlessness.
In the interview (excerpts of which are embedded below), KELLY revealed he is hopeful that a manned mssion to MARS will occur in his lifetime. He also favors space tourism, noting the RUSSIANS have hosted "tourists" aboard the ISS. He says he'd love for it to be more frequent.
Finally, KELLY reveals NASA is tracking his physiological changes during a year in space in comparison to his earthbound twin, retired Astronaut MIKE KELLY, which gives his brother an opportunity to continue to make contributions to the space program.