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Join us Friday 4 September for live coverage of the Soyuz docking with the International Space Station. Coverage starts at 09:20 CEST (07:20 UTC) with docking at 09:42 CEST (07:42 UTC). They will open the hatch between the two spacecraft at around 12:15 CEST (10:15 UTC). #iriss  

Details: http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Human_Spaceflight/iriss/iriss_live

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Watch European Space Agency's iriss mission on Livestream.com. Live transmission of ESA astronaut Andreas Mogensen being launched to the International Space Station on his 10-day iriss mission with commander Sergei Volkov and Kazakh cosmonaut Aidyn Aimbetov. Docking with the International Space Station and opening the hatch between the spacecraft will take place on Friday morning.
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What is like to fly to the International Space Station in the Soyuz for two days? ESA astronaut Claudie Haignere describes her experience of doing just that back in 2001... #iriss  

http://blogs.esa.int/iriss/2015/09/03/the-feeling-of-flying-in-a-soyuz/
Tweet How does it feel to be in ESA astronaut Andreas Mogensen’s shoes, flying through space in a small spacecraft heading to the International Space Station? As we cannot ask him directly we looked to another astronaut who has experienced the flight. ESA astronaut Claudie Haignière had two missions in space on a Soyuz in 1996 and 2001. Her second mission, Andromède, was very similar to Andreas’s iriss mission lasting 10 days including a two-day ...
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Our weekly #EarthfromSpace programme returns tomorrow, 4 September, after a summer break. With new presenter Mali Cecere in for Kelsea Brennan-Wessels. Watch tomorrow from 10:00 CEST (08:00 UTC).

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This second entry in a final series of logbooks from ESA astronaut +Samantha Cristoforetti who returned from six months on the International Space Station in June - looking back at departure, landing and re-adaptation #samlogbook  
 
L+200: Logbook - Part 2

This is the second  entry in a final series of logbooks looking back at departure, landing and re-adaptation!
 
11 June 2015
In spite of the busy pre-departure schedule, I did find the time for one last tour of the Space Station: just a quick float-through, trying to soak it in and fix it all in my memory. Oh, and one flight last across the Lab, pushing off the handrails on the one end just the right way to fly straight to the other hatchway. Seems so natural, those clumsy first days when flying was a challenge are many month in the past. 
 
I trashed my last toiletry items left in Node 3 and also a few last pieces of clothing left in my crew quarters from the night, after which I only "owned" the clothes I was wearing. I logged off my personal laptops: should anyone write an email to me in space from now on, I will never read it, since I will never have access to this email address again. I took one last look in Columbus, to make sure I was leaving it in good shape. Silly, in a way, I have no more formal responsibility for Columbus than for any other place on Station, but I guess I have always felt a bit in charge of this piece of Europe in space. Finally, I showed Scott where he could find my left-over bonus food. I ran out of olive oil a few days ago: I guess it's really time to leave.
 
At 6 am I joined Anton in the Soyuz for to perform a few checks and activation tasks. Everything went smoothly and quickly. Then it was time to stow some water and a last minute snacks in the orbital module of the Soyuz, verify that all the checklists were present and wait for hatch closing time, around 7 am.
 
We had said our good byes last night, taking our time over dinner, but it was still an intense moment when we exchanged one last hug with Scott, Gennady and Misha. Even more so, when Anton and Gennady closed the hatches. For a moment I became acutely aware of the fact that life would continue on ISS, but we would no longer be part of it. But there was no time to linger on that thought,  now we had to focus on getting safely back to Earth. The nice thing about spaceflight is that there is always a hatch closure to signal unambiguously that something has finished and it's time to focus on what's coming next.
  
First priority: get all the pre-departure operations done properly and in time, starting with the leak check of the Soyuz and Station hatches. As you can probably guess, if you've been following this logbook, to do that we needed to depressurize the vestibule, the space between that two hatches. For safety (should the Soyuz external hatch actually leak) we all went to our place in the descent module and closed the hatch, to isolate ourselves from the orbital module. Then I sent the command to open the vestibule venting valve and we watched the pressure in the vestibule drop to almost zero. Although we were still solidly attached to the Space Station, there was now vacuum separating us from our friends inside.  [cont.]


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Those of you who followed #SamLogbook - a new entry published today by ESA astronaut +Samantha Cristoforetti - looking back on that last time waking up inside the International Space Station back on 11 June....
 
L+200: Logbook - Part 1

After a summer of rehab and debriefs (and yes, 2 weeks of vacation), time to wrap up the story of my mission to ISS. This is the first  entry in a final series of logbooks looking back at departure, landing and re-adaptation!

11 June 2015
Looks like this time they mean it: after a delay of one month, this time they really want us to go home.

It was an early wake-up for our very last day on ISS: the morning Daily Planning Conference, our tagup with the control centers to start the day, was scheduled for 1 am! But we did go to sleep in the early afternoon yesterday, in fact we have been sleep shifting for a couple of days. Undocking is not until 10:18 am, but there's a lot to do before we can send that command to open the hooks that keep our Soyuz attached to the Space Station. And if you’re imagining us taking our time to say our mental farewell, leisurely savoring our last few hours in space…well, of course you’re not, you know better than that!

In fact, the morning was busy as ever. Scott and I were in Columbus even before DPC, assisting each other with our blood draws. This was a so-called “ambient blood draw”, meaning that the tubes don’t go into the MELFI freezers, but return to Earth on the Soyuz instead. They will be retrieved from the descent modules right after we are extracted. The blood draw in itself was no different than any other we’ve done, but the packing instructions did look daunting, especially regarding some particular tubes that Scott uses for his Twin Study. I will be forever grateful to him for offering to taking care of all the packing on his own, so I could save some time for a final tour of the Space Station. Thanks Scott!

However, I did get my share of packing as well. Remember the Stem Cells Differentiation experiment from the L+141/144 Logbook? (https://plus.google.com/photos/+SamanthaCristoforetti/albums/6138605812631231809)
Well, those samples need to go home today as well, so I got to retrieve them from MELFI and pack them in insulated pouches for return. There isn’t much space in the Soyuz descent module, as you can imagine, so we try to pack things as compact as possible. In case of early-retrieval items, we put the number of the package on a green label and we also take a picture, that will be made available to the retrieval team at the landing site, so they know exactly what to look for. Of course, Anton is loading the Soyuz exactly according to the cargo plan: having the center of mass in the right place is important in a space vehicle, especially if it’s your ride back to Earth!

By the way, it’s not only blood that I have been donating to science today. First thing after waking up for the last time in my floating sleeping bag, I took three different saliva samples – a 10-min routine that I have performed many times by now for the experiments Microbiome and Salivary markers. Oh, and don’t forget urine collection! I will be filling out urine tubes and putting them into the MELFI freezer at every void until hatch closure. The glamour of spaceflight...

Picture: retrieving the Stem Cell Differentiation samples from the MELFI freezer.

#SamLogbook #Futura42  

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(Trad FR) Traduction en français par +Anne Cpamoa  ici: https://spacetux.org/cpamoa/category/traductions/logbook-samantha

(Trad ES) Tradducción en español por +Carlos Lallana Borobio 
http://laesteladegagarin.blogspot.com.es/search/label/SamLogBook

(Trad DE) Deutsche Übersetzung von http://www.logbuch-iss.de

(Trad RUS) Русский перевод +Dmitry Meshkov http://samlogbook-ru.livejournal.com
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Hola...! Samantha... ¿Como estas? Has soñado  con la ISS. Un beso.
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Technology image of the week: One man and his robot - ESA's head of telerobotics, Andre Schiele,  introducing the rover +Andreas Mogensen  will soon be operating from orbit #iriss #esaTech  

Details: http://www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Images/2015/09/Andre_Schiele_and_rover
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Making space work for you - ESA's #telecom programme helps to create products, services and infrastructures that benefit millions of people worldwide. #ARTES #telecommuncations

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Putting Soyuz in a spin... as well as +Andreas Mogensen, Sergei Volkov and Aidyn Aimbetov... Find out why in the #iriss blog: http://blogs.esa.int/iriss/2015/09/03/spinning-the-soyuz/
Tweet Roger asks in this blog's comments: “In the past they have put a spin on the capsule for comfort while resting . Are they doing this now or was the spinning just an experiment?” When the Soyuz spacecraft is not firing its engines to change its orbit or docking with the International Space Station the spacecraft is indeed put into a slow spin, but it is not for the astronaut’s comfort! A spin on satellites or spacecraft can stabilise them an...
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Commander Sergei Volkov reports on the Soyuz crew from space: "we slept well, are in good shape and very happy!" #iriss #blog

http://blogs.esa.int/iriss/2015/09/03/commander-volkov-update/
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The Zero Robotics Upper Secondary School Tournament 2015 is about to start! Follow the kick-off event on 12 September at 19:00 CEST (17:00 GMT) via http://zerorobotics.mit.edu/ #ZeroRobotics  

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Where is the Soyuz TMA-18M spacecraft? Track ESA astronaut +Andreas Mogensen and crewmates over the next couple of days as they chase the International Space Station

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Track satellite(s) SOYUZ TMA-18M and see where are they located now. Check when there will be the next pass over your location
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Watch a replay of this morning's Soyuz launch with ESA astronaut +Andreas Mogensen, Russian cosmonaut Sergei Volkov and Aidyn Aimbetov from Kazakhstan. #iriss  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9R7-gWKZZsg
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