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First breakfast in my temporary Houston home, enjoying sounds, smells, flavors of Earth. Doing great, but gravity is tough! 
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Samantha,  
Glad you're safely back on Earth, though I know you miss Space.  Thank you so much for your 'blog' on Google+.  It was great to share a scientist's view of things from the ISS.  I have worked in the medical field most of my life, yet I took a four year 'break' teaching science to 6-8th graders here in NC.  I was so amazed with your lesson to kids on the ISS about momentum with the two balls attached by a rod of some kind.  It was an amazing lesson!  Anyway, hope your transition to gravity and all that the Earth has here 'on the ground' goes smoothly.  Thanks for all you do! 
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Just like a submarine, except for gravity factor.
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+Argotec chef Stefano Polato shows us one of the healthy recipes that is included in the bonus space food that ESA astronaut +Samantha Cristoforetti has with her on board the #ISS : whole red rice, chicken and vegetables, with the spicy and gilded touch of turmeric

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The oil makes it yummy and cook properly. The small amount of added fats are actually probably part of a very controlled diet in space ... Considering the amazing physical shape they're in (astronauts and cosmonauts), I'm quite confident they're getting the precise nutrient requirements they need.
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A bedtime story (in Italian) from ESA astronaut +Samantha Cristoforetti on the International Space Station. Samantha reads 'Il pianeta di cioccolato' (The chocolate planet) by children's writer Gianni Rodari.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pzi6zrBeSF8

(Also available in Russian! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-GRHkF07rlE)
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An interesting education video recorded by ESA astronaut +Samantha Cristoforetti on the International Space Station - all about centre of mass, freefall and orbits. With a guest appearance from our favourite ESA Kids mascot...

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I'm sorry but the video keep starting and stopping! ?????.........
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L+159 to L+160: Logbook

Friday was one of those days when periodic bathroom visits are a bit more complicated than usual… it was time for another 24-hour urine collection, followed on Saturday morning by a blood draw, this time with “Scott the Vampire” who helped me fill up seven tubes of blood.

These collections were in support of the Cardio-Ox experiment, which I have talked about in the last logbook, as well as the “Biochemical Profile” and “Repository” projects of the Johnson Space Center.

https://plus.google.com/+SamanthaCristoforetti/posts/axE9J9sP6ZY

These are not actual experiments, but rather aim at providing data that can potentially support a variety of research, both current and future, into the human adaptation to spaceflight. 

“Biochemical Profile” tests urine and blood samples for a number of proteins and chemicals, which are known to be significant indicators of the metabolic state of the body (biomarkers): a database is created and data can be made available to researchers who request it to support their investigations.

“Repository” is a similar concept, but with an eye to the future. Urine and blood samples are collected and stored long-term under controlled conditions and will be made available in the future to researchers who make a solid scientific case for having them. In the future scientists will be able to test those samples with more advanced analysis methods and they might even be interested in biomarkers that are still unknown to us today!

I concluded my 24-hour urine collection with the first toilet visit on Saturday morning, but three hours after breakfast I did fill one more tube, together with a saliva sample, for the Italian experiment Bone Muscle Check, which aims at validating the analysis of saliva samples to quantify the reduction of bone and muscle mass. If reliable biomarkers can be found in saliva, one does not have to rely on much more invasive and time-consuming blood draws!

In the picture you can see some of our laboratory equipment for human research, including the urine collection bag. As you can imagine, peeing in a cup wouldn’t work very well up here. I remember testing a new female adapter on my very first parabolic flight almost exactly 5 years ago – in the cabin of the ZeroG aircraft, but inside a special tent!

I’ll also confess that I had some urine collection devices with me in Baikonur and I practiced with them before launch. In the end, there’s two things that you really want to be very familiar with when you’re about to launch to space: your spaceship and everything that has to do with using the toilet!

#SamLogbook #Futura42  

Futura mission website (Italian): Avamposto42
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(Trad IT)  Traduzione in italiano a cura di +AstronautiNEWS 
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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) Deutsch von http://www.logbuch-iss.de

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As a Med student, I find this log quite funny. Lol! 
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After readings in Italian and Russian, ESA astronaut +Samantha Cristoforetti was keen to do a reading in English - after suggestions from her followers on social media, she chose to read Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, by Iza Trapini - show it to your kids tonight for a special good night from space at bedtime!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_e2_i7zDur0
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ESA astronaut +Samantha Cristoforetti has many special ingredients with her on the International Space Station - find out more about her #spacefood in this blog entry "Cooking in space in at the restaurant at the end of the Universe": http://outpost42.esa.int/blog/cooking-in-space-at-the-restaurant-at-the-end-of-the-universe/

This video shows one of the dishes Samantha has enjoyed in space. What meals would you cook with her ingredients? Send us your #SpaceFoodAtHome pics... and Samantha might try out your recipe!
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“The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy has a few things to say on the subject of towels…”  ESA astronaut +Samantha Cristoforetti marks #TowelDay on the International Space Station #TheAnswerIs42

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TpQfWLkKbhw
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Once upon a time there were a very large number of scientists, doctors, with their followers, who thought by the bioptical scanning of a hypothesized [and for those who had explored such as the 'aura' of the human body whether it be be from Buddhists as unto to say "Russian biological and combined studies" that by tis means a person could be diagnosed for any disease on one pass of the scanner, then by another cured]. Such a means gave hope of an "eternal life." I have no argument at all with this method of space travel around notre Galaxy--except the "abortion" of the method. But, my biggest disagreement also, is the idea that one would spend that life just to dawdle around one galazagy; because man seems to be far more curious as to how the universe begits life forms etc.
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L+170: Logbook

Have you heard the news?

Today,  Roscosmos, the Russian Space Agency, has officially announced that our landing is delayed until early June, which means that… Terry, Anton and I get to stay a few extra weeks in space! 

As I’m writing this I just can’t believe that our original landing date was tomorrow and I would now be about to jump in my ISS sleeping bag for the very last time. I suppose I wasn’t mentally ready to leave quite yet, partly due for sure to the fact that this change of plans has been in the air for quite some time.

After the loss of Progress 59P two weeks ago, we all immediately realized that the next Soyuz launch would likely be delayed to buy time for a full investigation, implementation of any corrective actions deemed necessary and possibly the launch of another unmanned vehicle first.

Whether our return would be postponed as well was less clear: on the one hand there are obvious advantages in having a full crew complement onboard, on the other hand we had just lost a cargo resupply ship and consumables might have been an issue (turned out they aren’t).

As we waited for the ISS partner agencies to make a decision, we were scheduled last week for all the activities required to keep us on track for a nominal landing: we performed a leak check of our Sokol pressure suits (leak check passed!); we fit checked our Kentavr compression shorts; we continued to pre-gather cargo for our Soyuz, including our personal 1,5 kg allocation and we packed our few other personal items for return to Earth on Dragon. Anton and I refreshed our manual reentry skills.  Since a final decision about delaying our landing had not been made, we had to be ready.

However the Soyuz thrusters’ test, which was scheduled early on Friday morning, was canceled and at that point it was clear that we weren’t going home on May 13th. Ready and happy to stay!

And no worries: I still have underwear, socks and even one of my bonus food containers left. I’m really glad that I saved some of those basic supplies, just in case! I was also able to recover a couple of brand new T-shirts that I had already used to wrap some Dragon return items: they might have some glue residue from the gray tape on them, but they’ll do the trick if I need them!

Talking about Dragon, looks like Terry and I will unexpectedly be around for the full SpaceX-6 mission: we’re diligently packing and loading bags clearing space on ISS, which is always welcome.

We’re also doing more preparatory work to move PMM to the Node 3 forward location and… who knows?  The actual move might actually happen soon, instead of next summer. Since we’re not going anywhere for a while, the planners will find ways to make good use of our time onboard.

And I would be thrilled about enjoying, even for a few days, a 360 degrees unrestricted view from the Cupola!

#SamLogbook #Futura42  

Futura mission website (Italian): Avamposto42
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(Trad IT)  Traduzione in italiano a cura di +AstronautiNEWS 
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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) Deutsch von http://www.logbuch-iss.de

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ESA astronaut +Samantha Cristoforetti continues her tour of the ISS, with a look at the International Space Station toilet!

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L+157 to L+158: Logbook

Another weekend is over, only one left on the Space Station. The big event of the weekend of course was the first espresso brewing, which we can now even enjoy in 3D-printed zeroG cups… I’ll tell you all about that in another logbook, I promise.

For now, I still have to catch up on last week’s activities! 

Wednesday was the day when we declared victory on Dragon unpack… and seamlessly moved on to the next fight: packing and loading!

As you might remember, we had done a little bit of pre-packing before Dragon even showed up, pre-staging bags with a nice green “SpX-6 Return” label and a unique number on the Node 2 forward endcone. Now it’s time to fill up those bags with more return items and, of course, prepare many more bags.

It’s nice to be able to start loading things into Dragon. With both the newly arrived cargo and the cargo that will be returned stowed on ISS right now, the logistic situation can be challenging: in PMM, our main stowage modules, most rack fronts are covered with big bags secured with bungees, so getting things in and out of the actual stowage compartments takes some work and patience!

As for science, Wednesday and Thursday I worked mainly on the ongoing TripleLux-A experiment and on my last session of Cardio-Ox.
Cardio-Ox is the short version of the name, by the way. If you’re curious about the full name of the experiment, here it is: “Defining the Relationship Between Biomarkers of Oxidative and Inflammatory Stress and the Risk for Atherosclerosis in Astronauts During and After Long-duration Spaceflight.”

If you had the patience to read through the end, the name really says it all! It is reasonable to suppose that spaceflight, due to exposure to radiation, altered food intake, reduced physical activity and an overall stressful environment, may cause an increased level of oxidative stress and inflammation.

Both these undesirable conditions can be indirectly measured by determining the concentration of certain molecules in blood and urine: these molecules are  the “biomarkers” in the experiment title. So, the first result of the experiment is to actually quantify oxidative stress and inflammation and for that purpose I have provided several blood and urine samples during the mission.

But the second part is: how do oxidative stress and inflammation correlate with the risk of atherosclerosis? To determine that, I have performed several remotely-guided ultrasound observations of my carotid and brachial arteries, looking for structural and functional changes that are considered good predictors of atherosclerosis risk. By the way, this is a long term study: the last post-flight session will be 5 years after flight.

Not sure I will still be writing logbooks at that point, but just in case, if you’re curious, look for that R+1825 entry!

Futura mission website (Italian): Avamposto42
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#SamLogbook #Futura42  

(Trad IT)  Traduzione in italiano a cura di +AstronautiNEWS 
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(Trad FR) Traduction en français par +Anne Cpamoa  ici: https://spacetux.org/cpamoa/category/traductions/logbook-samantha

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http://laesteladegagarin.blogspot.com.es/search/label/SamLogBook

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

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