Euronews: Italian cosmonaut told about the preparation for the flight to the ISS.


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Euronews: Italian cosmonaut told about the preparation for the flight to the ISS.

Italian Luca Parmitano, who trains with the rest of the international team at the Baikonur cosmodrome to go to the ISS at the end of July, told Euronews on the preparation process for the launch. He also promised to conduct a video blog from space orbit.

LUKA PARMITANO, astronaut ESA: Hi, I am an astronaut ESA Luca Parmitano, your Euronews correspondent in space! We are at the Baikonur cosmodrome, or rather, in the complex, where my team and I are in quarantine. I'm here with Drew Morgan, my teammate. You have been here twice as a backup member of the team. How does it feel to be part of the main crew this time?

ANDREW MORGAN, astronaut NASA: Well, I think that now everything is a little different: we know for sure that we will end up flying into space. Instead of returning to Houston or the European Space Agency for additional training, we know that we will fly into space. We are waiting here for a rocket that is being prepared for us. And in less than two weeks, we will go into space and live at the station together for more than six months. So the sensations are very different from just coming here and sitting on the bench.

LUKA PARMITANO: And even the operations that we have performed in the last couple of days are perceived differently. When we entered the spacecraft to test it, it was our spacecraft created for us. For me it was a very emotional moment.

ANDREW MORGAN: Everything is very interesting this time. "Union" – an amazing car. It is based on the technologies that Roscosmos has been launching for over 50 years. He is extremely reliable, very reliable. Just a masterpiece of engineering.

LUKA PARMITANO: I agree with you. Although he, of course, does not look like spaceships from science fiction films. He is handsome in Spartan: the beauty of technology and safety. I always thought so. And I'm glad you agree with me. We will try to return to you soon. And definitely back to you from space! With you at Baikonur were Drew Morgan and I, Luca Parmitano – your space correspondent Euronews.

In collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA).

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