Astronaut Scott Kelly ended his record-setting 340 consecutive days in space Tuesday after safely landing in Kazakhstan with two Russian cosmonauts. He spent more time in space than any other U.S. astronaut during his four missions — 520 days to be exact. Though he missed holidays with family, sporting events and well, gravity, Kelly made the best of his time while floating around the International Space Station.
From a Super Bowl party for one, to celebrating Thanksgiving with fellow space station inhabitants, Kelly documented his year in hundreds of social media posts.
Let’s take a look back through Kelly’s #YearInSpace, a year of Earth photography, spacewalks and freeze-dried food.
So, what kept Kelly occupied during his time in space? His recent obsession has been keeping his space flowers alive. They nearly died at one point, but after channeling his inner green thumb, Kelly was able to revive the little blooms just in time for Valentine’s Day.
Our plants aren't looking too good. Would be a problem on Mars. I'm going to have to channel my inner Mark Watney. pic.twitter.com/m30bwCKA3w— Scott Kelly (@StationCDRKelly) December 27, 2015
He did some civic duties too, like filling out an absentee ballot from space.
And despite his lack of contact with the general population, he still prepped for flu season by giving himself a flu shot.
During football season, Kelly rooted for the Houston Texans.
And he watched Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos defeat the Carolina Panthers with the rest of America in Super Bowl 50. Kelly even attempted to throw a Super Bowl party, though most of his friends couldn’t make it.
Kelly also celebrated the holidays away from home, but made the best with stellar views and freeze-dried mashed potatoes.
More recently, he captured a stunning photo of a blizzard that hit Washington, D.C., with nearly three feet of snow mid-January. Kelly decided to stay in that day, and join Tumblr like any sensible person during a blizzard.