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NASA Launches Unprecedented Twin Astronaut Study

(WASHINGTON) -- Astronauts Mark and Scott Kelly are the first set of twins to ever fly into space, creating an opportunity for NASA to launch its first twin study to examine the health impacts of human space exploration.

NASA's Human Research Program will fund 10 short-term investigations into what they call "the molecular, physiological and psychological effects" of spaceflight.

In March 2015, the organization will fly one of the Kelly twins, Scott, aboard the International Space Station for one year. Meanwhile, his identical twin brother and retired astronaut Mark, will remain on Earth. Researchers will compare blood samples of the two, as well as the results of physiological and psychological tests.

Experts selected 10 proposals from separate institutions in seven states to participate in the program, and the plans will receive a combined $1.5 million over the course of three years.

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