" Thanks to Cady I had a haircut over the weekend!" says Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli on Jan. 15, 2011. Astronauts in space use electric clippers and…Read More »
a vacuum to cut hair and catch the trimmings to avoid a mess. Less «
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Mt. Etna Volcano Awakens
From Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli: "It was sleeping under the blanket, and now the giant is awakened! Sicily and Mount Etna, seen from ISS,14 Jan 11, 09:40 CET."
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Mountain range in Montana, USA, as seen by Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli on Jan. 12, 2011.
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The icy landscape of northern Canada takes center stage in this Jan. 11, 2011 image taken by Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli.
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Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli photographs a Russian Soyuz spacecraft with a Caribbean island as the backdrop in this photo from the International Space Station on Jan. 8, 2011.
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Lightning from Space
Lightning as seen from space, somewhere over Brazil. I estimate the diameter to be at least 80 kilometres! says Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli. Photo taken Jan. 9, 2011.
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"Aurora Borealis. Surreal!" says Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli. Photo taken Dec. 28, 2010.
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Houston, We Don't Have a Problem
Houston, Texas, home to NASA's Johnson Space Center and International Space Station Mission Control as seen from space.
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"Preparing the spacewalk suits. We never know!" says Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli. Taken Jan. 5, 2011.
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Even Astronauts Need Time Off
From Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli: "A place I'd like to go on vacation. Where is it?" Taken Jan. 7, 2011.
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The Alps Down Below
From Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli: "Cloudy, but the crown of Italy, the Alps, can be clearly seen!" Taken Jan. 1, 2011.
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Happy New Year! 2011 Begins in Space
Expedition 26 'toasts' to the New Year as 2011 begins on the International Space Station. Taken Jan. 1, 2011.
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Pakistan at Night
From Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli: "If I did not get confused, this should be Karachi. Hello Pakistan!" Taken Dec. 30, 2010.
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Italy, My Home
From Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli: "Italy at night, 29 December 2010."
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"We had no milk or cookies, but even here Santa delivered! Merry Christmas from out of this world!" says Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli of ESA (left)…Read More »
a flight engineer during the Expedition 26/27 mission to the International Space Station. At top, NASA astronaut Scott Kelly. Right: NASA astronaut Cady Coleman. Taken Dec. 25, 2010. Less «
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Ireland and the United Kingdom
From Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli: "The United Kingdom and Ireland look like a gigantic Christmas tree!" Taken Dec. 24, 2010.
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Cairo and the Nile
From Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli: "Cairo and the Nile as seen from up here. Where are the pyramids?!" Taken Dec. 24, 2010.
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Naples and a Mt. Vesuvius at Night
Naples and the volcano Vesuvius as seen from International Space Station at night. Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli snapped this photo on Dec. 24, 2010.
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The View From Here
The first view out the Soyuz window for Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli on Dec. 17, 2010, two days after launching into space on the Expedition 26/27 mission.
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We Made It
Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli and NASA astronaut Cady Coleman give hearty thumbs up signs after reaching the International Space Station. This photo…Read More »
was taken on the station on Dec. 18, 2010, a day after the Soyuz TMA-20 craft carrying the astronauts arrived. Less «
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Space Station, Here We Come!
Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli holds up a sign on Dec. 17, 2010 just before his Soyuz TMA-20 spacecraft arrives at the International Space Station during the Expedition 26/27 mission.
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Credit: NASA/Carla Cioffi
The Soyuz TMA-20 rocket launches from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 2:09 p.m. (EST) on Dec. 15, 2010 (1:09 a.m., Dec. 16 Kazakhstan time) carrying…Read More »
Russian cosmonaut Dmitry Kondratyev, Expedition 26 Soyuz commander and flight engineer; along with NASA astronaut Catherine (Cady) Coleman and European Space Agency astronaut Paolo Nespoli, both flight engineers, to the International Space Station. Less «
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Next Stop, Space
L-3: The Soyuz TMA-20 rocket is brought to the launch pad and deposited on the launch fixtures on Dec. 13, 2010. This is the same pad from where almost…Read More »
50 years ago Yuri Gagarin took off for the first flight in space. Less «
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Credit: ESA - Kargapolov
Paolo Nespoli, ESA astronaut, ESA's Anna Tsikhala, and NASA astronaut Catherine Coleman meet Valentina Vladimirovna Tereshkova, the first woman to go into…Read More »
The International Space Station's Expedition 26/27 crew (Kondratyev, Nespoli, Coleman) is seen during the Russian Segment final exams. After 7 hours of…Read More »
"regular" simulation, the station catches fires (simulated by the smoke machine). The crew puts on oxygen respirators and scrambles to find/do the proper actions to find the source of the fire, extinguish it, and decontaminate the atmosphere. Less «
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Meet the Soyuz Crew
Credit: ESA - G. Rigon
ESA Astronaut Paolo Nespoli and his fellow Soyuz TMA-20 crewmates meet the press at Star City following completion of their exam in the Soyuz capsule simulator…Read More »
on Nov. 25, 2010. Left to right Catherine Coleman, Dmitri Kondratyev and Paolo Nespoli. The Soyuz TMA-20 launched to the International Space Station on Dec. 15 2010. Nespoli will spend 6 months in space for his MagISStra mission. Less «
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Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli of the European Space Agency takes a spin on a tilt bed to prepare his body for spaceflight during the ISS Expedition 26/27 missions in 2010/2011.
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Home, Sweet Spaceship
The Soyuz: small but reliable. Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli of ESA poses with Soyuz crewmates Cady Coleman of NASA (left) and Russian cosmonaut Dmitri…Read More »
Kondratyev on Dec. 11, 2010 before their Dec. 15 launch. Less «
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"I use this suit when I go to space (or come back). It's not Armani, but it fits pretty well!" says Italian astronaut Paoli Nespoli of the European Space…Read More »
Agency, flight engineer for the ISS Expedition 26/27 missions in 2010/2011. This image was taken on Dec. 11, 2010. Less «