New Delhi: 41 year old Japanese astronaut Norishige Kanai, on a mission to the International Space Station, apologised on Wednesday for saying he had grown 9 cm ( 3.5 cms). He expressed concern about whether he had safe or not while returning to earth.
In case of height , Astronauts mostly grew during the time in Space because their spines extend in the absence of gravity, but the gains are usually limited to a couple of centimetres (inches) maximum and disappear once they are back on the ground.
Kanai, who went to space last month for a nearly six-month mission, posted on Twitter on Monday that he had "a big announcement."
He said in his tweet that he had grown to 9 cms in nearly 3 weeks and he was worried about it.
He said that he was worried about his return because of the same thing. He is worrying about his return to Earth because of his growth in height.
But a day later and in the wake of a flurry of news stories he apologised, saying that he'd measured himself after his captain raised questions about the apparent growth and he had stretched only 2 cm from his Earth-bound height.
"This mis-measurement appears to have become a big deal, so I must apologise for this terrible fake news," he tweeted, without explaining how the original miscalculation had occurred.