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Columbus Control Centre keeping an eye on Luca

Columbus Control Centre keeps an eye on the Columbus space laboratory and ESA astronauts in space at all times. An impressive array of computer screens and information are constantly monitored. On the wall are the mission patches they have overseen.

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Guide to the International Space Station for the occasional visitor – part 2

Pressurised Mating Adaptor (PMA1) From the FGB, moving toward the bow, we pass through a corridor that looks rather strange. The corridor is an asymmetrical truncated cone. Starting from the round hatch, it transforms into a square that is Node-1. … Continue reading

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Scenes from life in space: part 2

Pavel Expedition 36 commander Pavel Vinogradov is a very experienced cosmonaut who always has a friendly smile on his face. Every time he sees me – our paths normally cross 2 or 3 times a day – he tries to … Continue reading

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Important task for Luca this Friday

Finally we are ready for one of the most important activities to be carried out by Luca for our Columbus system. After the arrival of the Water Pump Assembly (WPA) with ATV-4, Luca has transferred the 90-kg pump into the … Continue reading

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FASES up and running and Luca’s spacewalk

Another update form mission director Roland Luettgens on Luca’s weekly activities: ESA’s second major activity planned after the arrival of the European supply spacecraft ATV Albert Einstein was unpacking and installing the FASES experiment. Last week Luca spent almost three … Continue reading

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