In what reads like the beginning of a sci-fi book, astronaut Scott Kelly had the club going up ... to space, and when he returned to terra firma, he was a changed man. Genetically. That man’s genes were different. Seven percent of his prespace genetic makeup was altered.
I realize that sometimes things blow my mind that other people don’t find particularly special. I’m still amazed that airplanes don’t fall out of the sky. I even have momentarily “mind blown” moments when I think about that fact that we park in driveways and drive on parkways. It’s the little things and shit. Word to India.Arie. But this shit right here, nigga? From WCNC-TV:
The stresses of space travel can alter a person’s genetic makeup, NASA says, and the changes can linger even after a return to Earth.
Call it the effects of “space genes,” or DNA that doesn’t return to normal after a sojourn in space. The January finding was included in a NASA announcement corroborating a number of 2017 preliminary findings on the effects of space travel on the human body.
Investigators found about 93% of astronaut Scott Kelly’s genes returned to normal after spending one year at the International Space Station. But the other 7% remained changed, even after Kelly returned to earth, signaling space travel can have long-term changes on a person’s body.
I know folks who have been trying to make changes for years to no effect. This dude goes into the galaxy, and boom: changeling. Since this story did blow my mind, I’m going to give you 10 reactions I had while reading it. Sharing is caring.
- Well, duh. It’s space. Like, why wouldn’t your genes change? Stephen Hawking didn’t die for this to be news. Too soon?
- Say heffa, say what?
- I still hate the movie Dreamcatcher.
- Oh no she didn’t!
- Neil! Somebody get Neil deGrasse Tyson on the line to explain this shit in layman’s terms quickly. Not just the gene changes—what does it all mean?
- What was Mr. Kelly thinking when they called him back into the doctor’s office like, “Sooooooo ... you’s a changed man?”
- He’s an identical twin. Or was. Do they still have to identify as identical twins? Inquiring minds would like to know.
- You can add “space genes” to the list of shit that it’s very important to distinguish, like “good clothes,” “church shoes” and “designer drugs.”
- Now, see, this is exactly why I don’t be going to space.