Japanese astronaut sorry for 9cm ISS growth mistake

Japanese astronaut sorry for 9cm ISS growth mistake

"Good morning, good morning", tweeted Kanai yesterday from the International Space Station.

Lt Kanai aired concerns he would grow so tall that he might not fit into the seat of the Russian Soyuz vehicle scheduled to bring him home in June.

Norishige Kanai waves at a send-off ceremony in Kazakhstan, December 17, 2017.

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

He quickly re-measured himself after a Russian colleague questioned the measurement and found that the growth spurt was actually less than an inch - well within the range of what astronauts usually experience in space. "In only three weeks I've really shot up, something I haven't seen since high school", he originally tweeted.

This is because of the absence of gravity which allows the vertebrae in their spines to spread apart.

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He joined five other worldwide astronauts in December for Expedition 54 to the global Space Station and is orbiting Earth 250 miles above.

After Norishige Kanai, a Japanese astronaut, initially measured over 3 inches taller since arriving in space, he anxious he wouldn't be able to return home.

What's rare is the rate and amount Lt Kanai has grown in three weeks of living on the space lab.

And when astronauts return to earth, so too do they return to their usual height.

Astronauts can grow while in space and return to a normal height when they go back to Earth. Nine centimetres is a lot, but as Libby Jackson of the UK Space Agency told BBC, "it is possible, knowing that every human body is different".

He expressed fears he may not fit into the Soyuz spacecraft for his return to Earth - but later said sorry for getting his height wrong. This time round he was just less than an inch taller than originally believed.

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