On Tuesday, March 1, US astronaut Scott Kelly returns home after a year aboard the International Space Station (ISS). He traveled 144 million miles around the Earth (paywall). He performed 400 experiments. He posted 700 mesmerizing photos to Instagram.
And then he became a gorilla.
To lighten the mood aboard the ISS—and perhaps, as a way of celebrating his year in space—Kelly recorded himself chasing fellow astronaut Tim Peake around the space station in a gorilla suit. Social media aficionado that he is, Kelly uploaded the video to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
The ISS actually budgets for this sort of thing. Friends and family members of astronauts are allowed to send a certain amount of cargo up to the station, as it’s extremely important to keep morale up in outer space. You try living in a tube hundreds of miles from the planet’s surface.