Everything is ready for the mission, the astronauts Luca Parmitano brings aboard the International Space Station for the second time, on a mission for nine years In addition, Oltre is looking to the future of exploration and will see in his second part Luca Parmitano on command of the orbital station.
The European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut is the first Italian and third European astronaut to do so. He's also getting ready for new spacewalks, but how many there will be right now is unknown. "In fact, the activities have been outsourced in recent months, but we know the program is flexible," Parmitano told ANSA.
AstroLucas greetings to ANSA before departure (source: ESA)
The Soyuz ready to take off from Russia's base in Baikonur, Kazakhstan
How many of the planned four or five spacewalks are to be tackled will not be until October be known when the last Shuttle with the tools has reached the space station Necessary for the planned intervention outside the home laboratory of the great astronauts, especially for the modification of the May 2011 installed AMS experiment (Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer), the material hunter.
Few to bring the objects AstroLuca decided to take on board: "a friend gave me a statue of a young sculptor: it is a stone statue depicting a newborn child," he said. "I really liked the idea of having a very small child on board" and "I am convinced that art has extraordinary value. One day – he emphasized – it would be appropriate to bring astronauts and poets to the space station ".  As far as food is concerned, following the success of the typical Italian menu of his first mission, Luca Parmitano decided to confirm it: "Lasagne, Parmigiana and Tiramisu are now inevitable: colleagues would have wanted me if I had not."  RESERVED REPRODUCTION © Copyright ANSA