America's space champ ready to end yearlong flight, get home

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — After nearly a year in space, America's space champ, Scott Kelly, is just a few days away from returning to Earth — and he can't wait. Kelly holds his final news conference from the International Space Station on Thursday. He'll check out Tuesday, riding a Russian...

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              This photo provided by the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center via NASA, shows astronaut Scott Kelly. After nearly a year in space, Kelly is just a few days away from returning to Earth. On Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, Kelly is scheduled to hold his final news conference from the International Space Station. He’ll check out Tuesday, riding a Russian Soyuz capsule back to the planet to end NASA’s longest space flight ever. (AP Photo/Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center via NASA)

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — After nearly a year in space, America's space champ, Scott Kelly, is just a few days away from returning to Earth — and he can't wait.

Kelly holds his final news conference from the International Space Station on Thursday. He'll check out Tuesday, riding a Russian capsule back to the planet to end NASA's longest space flight. He'll land in Kazakhstan, then be hustled home to Houston.

The 52-year-old astronaut says he can't wait to jump in his pool and dine at a real table.

Kelly rocketed away last March on a research-packed mission. He lightened things up recently by donning a gorilla suit — a gag gift from his identical twin — and cavorting through the station. The brothers hope to go fishing in Alaska once things settle down.

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