Monthly Archives: May 2013

First days in space

A brief update from ESA mission directors, on Luca’s first days in space: As the only space rookie on the International Space Station, he is adapting to weightless life. All new astronauts need time to interpret spatial cues in new … Continue reading

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Columbus Control Centre team after succesful launch

With Luca smiling in orbit in the Soyuz spacecraft ESA control centre are happy too.

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The sound of Luca’s Soyuz

What does a Soyuz launch sound like? The MP3 recording below was recorded from Baikonur as Luca, Karen and Fyodor rocketed into space. Thanks, Nadjedja!

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Luca is on the Space Station

Welcome aboard, mission Volare begins!

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Luca’s first duties on the Station

Not content with setting a record for fastest Soyuz flight, Luca Parmitano will set the record for shortest time on arrival before working on an ESA experiment. Once the hatch opens the crew will have a half hour video conference … Continue reading

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Docked!

Contact confirmed, Soyuz 35 has docked with the International Space Station in only 5 hours and 39 minutes after launch.

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First view of Soyuz from Space Station

See the black dot on the right over Earth’s white clouds? That is Soyuz 35s with Karen, Fyodor and Luca approaching the International Space Station at 5 m/s.

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Soyuz approaches Station

This picture is from Soyuz 35s external camera at around 30 km from the International Space Station. The solar panels can be seen in the top left corner. Less than an hour to docking.

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Luca in orbit

ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano, NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg and Russian commander Fyodor Yurchikhin were launched to the International Space Station at 20:31 GMT and entered orbit less than twenty minutes later.

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Impressions of a cosmic place

Spacefan (and ESA colleague) Nadjejda Vicente has travelled to Baikonur to see Luca’s launch on her own budget. Below is her impressions of the trip so far. Scroll down for a picture gallery: It is difficult to give you a … Continue reading

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