Astronaut Scott Kelly ‘in a lot of pain’ from eye surgery
The commander of the International Space Station has been in a lot more pain from surgery than anyone expected.
According to NBC, Kelly was admitted to a hospital after his orbital surgery earlier this week, where doctors said he has a “significant” tear in his cornea.
Kelly was flown back to Earth on Monday and is now in a recovery room in Houston where he’s been treated for a “minor swelling.”
The commander was expected to fly back to space on Tuesday, but NASA has now postponed the launch, citing a medical condition.
Kelly is the second astronaut to have surgery in less than a week.
On Monday, astronaut Mike Hopkins suffered a “small” tear of his corneal liner during his orbital procedure.
Hopkins has since been discharged from the hospital.
Kelly has been the first American to walk on the moon, becoming the first person to do so on October 24, 1969.
He became the second American to visit the moon in 1969, after the Apollo 11 astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Harrison Schmitt.