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Parmitano: The space is home, the miracle of being all under the same flag
Is relaxed AstroLuca, returned to Earth from the stars. The smile wide and the walk sent, only the voice was a little weak, betrays the weariness of the journey turbulent that it has returned to Earth two days ago and the trauma of the experience again their own weight, after having fluctuated for more than six months ("I have had 41 years to get used to the gravity on earth"). Luca Parmitano is presented to the first meeting with the press at the centre of the astronauts of the Esa of Cologne, germany, and is tackling the first part of the physical recovery. In the audience to listen to him our colleague Samantha Cristoforetti, who will be the next to leave from the time the orbiting laboratory.
his was a lesson of humanity and humanism. In giving credit for it to himself of the results achieved, but to a great team in a large project, of which he is a pawn in the service of a greater cause. The feeling of the return, deeply moved and happy, united in the determination and awareness of success. Brings us an example: if you want to, you can: "The limit you set". Starting from the future of the Planet, which is in our hands, and the first victims will be ourselves. The space is a home First tempers the emotion with a joke: "Thank you for being here today, it is Saturday and lunch time, is double". He tells of his emotions of being back home: "I will Quote a song from King Crimson that I love: 'We can all sit back and laugh, but I'm afraid that tomorrow is going to cry'. Sorry if I'm touched, but I'm excited for many reasons". And tells the story of the space: "The Iss is a work place where there are people who have become friends, when they ask me what do you prefer space, I say unto you, that there is not a thing that I prefer. The space is home, is like asking which part of life you prefer. I reply, 'everything'." But on the images you take home a souvenir outweighs the other: "The noctilucent clouds, which are seen only in certain conditions over the poles. A great gift that I have had the pleasure to share with Jessica (Meir ed.). We have every day beautiful pictures from the satellite, but the human part is to put yourself in that memory, not only the view: there is a bit of Luca in that photo of Jessica in the other. This makes the human flight in the space so special." The lesson of the space, "It's always difficult to choose one event over all the others to represent the whole of a mission, it is unfair," continues the colonel - but I want to emphasize the human aspect as a heritage more important than the Iss. The incredible ability, almost close to a miracle, to unite under the great dream and the flag of the exploration science and technology, people with different cultural backgrounds. In the ten days of the transition from expedition 60 to 61 on the space Station there was Hazza Al Mansouri, the first astronaut of the united Arab Emirates, arrived in flight with Jessica Meir, who is of jewish descent. Arriving as common people like all of us, working as a crew, and fall as brothers and sisters. This is a miraculous in a historical period is very special, with tensions that divide and polarize. Browsing is not just technological, but human, under the aegis of the desire to evolve and be the best. This according to me should be an example for the future".
Perhaps the company most emblematic of his second mission in space (201 days in orbit, during which it became and four months in command of the international space Station (the third european and the first Italian), were the four activities extra-vehicular to repair the "hunter of antimatter", AMS-02 is: "I consider it among the proudest moments of my professional activity - says in answer to a question - had contacted me in 2014 to know what I thought of the feasibility of repairing it. I said that you had to find the way. The things that are worth making are not simple ones. It was a great satisfaction to have overcome the obstacle is very complex, but I don't want to take the credit for it, because there have been dozens of people who have worked, and thanks to them and their training on the ground we managed not to lose even a screw". "How far do you want to go?" The mission of Parmitano is called the Beyond, the "Beyond". A very young in the audience that asked "how far you want to go", he responds, "You choose the limit. Your generation will get a lot more of my. Your desire will be for your engine that will get you to where you want, the Moon, Mars or elsewhere. This is what I want to get far and how fast".
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