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Astronaut offers quiz challenge from space

Jenny Winder, News Writer
May 14, 2015, 4:01 UTC

Sen—NASA astronaut Scott Kelly has thrown down a challenge to test his fans' knowledge of the world with a geography trivia quiz.

Kelly arrived at the International Space Station on March 27. He and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko recently began a one-year stay in space to help researchers understand the physical and psychological challenges faced by astronauts during a long duration spaceflight.

One of Kelly's many tasks aboard the orbiting laboratory is to capture images of locations on Earth for scientific analysis. For fun and to promote his research, Kelly recently launched a quiz whereby he posts a photo from space on Twitter every Wednesday and asks the public to identify the location. The first person to reply to @StationCDRKelly with the correct name of the location and the hashtag #spacegeo, will win a printed photo of the image, autographed by Kelly, after his return to Earth in March 2016.

"Expanding our geography knowledge is essential to our economic well-being, our relationships with other nations and the environment," Kelly said in a NASA press statement. "It helps us make sense of our world and allows us to make connections between people and places. Space exploration is a global endeavor, and the International Space Station is the result of these connections."

Kelly's crew mates aboard the space station for Expedition 43 are NASA astronaut Commander Terry Virts, ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti and Russian cosmonauts Anton Shkaplerov, Gennady Padalka and Mikhail Kornienko.

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Scott Kelly aboard the International Space Station. Image credit: NASA