Japanese astronaut apologises for 'fake news' of height increase

  • Japanese astronaut apologises for 'fake news' of height increase

Japanese astronaut apologises for 'fake news' of height increase

"Good Morning, everyone. Today I share some serious news", Kanai tweeted.

While the three inches he's gained have put him at around six feet tall, the Russian Soyuz TMA Descent Module is created to fit astronauts of up to six foot three inches, meaning that Kanai still has a little more growing room before he'd struggle to fit.

The news of a Japanese astronaut who shot up nine centimetres in height after just a month in spaceflight turned out to be too out-of-this-world to be true. "We had our bodies measured after reaching space, and wow, wow, wow, I had actually grown by as much as 9cm!"

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

According to NASA, astronauts tend to grow between 2 and 5 centimeters during space missions because their spines extend with the absence of gravity.

"I have grown like a plant in just three weeks". I haven't grown like this since high school.

Astronaut Scott Kelly returned to Earth after a year in space to find that he was two inches taller than his own twin brother, NASA said.

The Japanese astronaut earlier anxious that he would not be able to fit into the Soyuz seat when going back home at the end of the expedition. Upon returning to earth and its gravitational pull, astronauts return to their usual height.

Kanai still has some time to stretch out in space, however.

When asked if Kanai should be concerned about making it back to Earth, Anderson said he is not anxious because once you return to Earth your spine shrinks back to normal.

"Nine centimetres is a lot, but it is possible, knowing that every human body is different".

"You do get taller in space as your spine drifts apart, usually by about two to five centimetres".

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.