Japanese astronaut apologises for saying he had grown 9cm in space

Norishige Kanai retracts claim as a mistake and says he had in fact grown 2cm since arriving at the International Space Station

Japanese astronaut Norishige Kanai, on a mission to the International Space Station, has apologised for saying he had grown 9cm while in space and expressing concern about whether he would be safe on his return to Earth.

Most astronauts “grow” during protracted space missions because their spines extend in the absence of gravity, but the gains are usually limited to a couple of centimetres and disappear once they are back on the ground.

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