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This is how much humans actually grow when they go to space

Contrary to certain tall tales.

three men in blue flight suits

Norishige Kanai of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA, left), Anton Shkaplerov the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos, center) and Scott Tingle of NASA (right).

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The human body is meant to exist under the force of . So when we do crazy things like send it up into space where the weight of this force is slim to none, weird, Japanese astronaut Norishige Kanai proudly claimed that after spending three weeks on the International Space Station, he had grown three and a half inches.

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