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Astronaut Scott Kelly is returning to Earth after a year-long mission on the International Space Station. PBS will air A YEAR IN SPACE on Wednesday at 8pm ET (check local listings), providing a unique and thorough overview of Scott’s year in space. 

Scott Kelly, whose current 12-month stay on the International Space Station is testing human limits for space travel and laying the groundwork for a manned mission to Mars, is featured in the first installment of A YEAR IN SPACE. Scheduled to air on PBS on Wednesday, March 2 from 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET (check local listings), A YEAR IN SPACE is timed to air within a day of Kelly’s planned return to Earth.

Viewers will witness the rigors of Scott’s training to live in space for an entire year and will get to know his family and their dreams, stresses, fears and loves. Interwoven into the series’ compelling personal story, A YEAR IN SPACE will also delve into the broader historical context of the mission, including the history of space exploration, the political background of the Russian-US relationship – Scott’s compatriot at the start of the mission is Russian astronaut Mikhail Korniyenk – and the science/engineering conundrums posed by interplanetary space travel.

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