back to article Italy scores in SPAAACE: ESA 'naut Parmitano pops out for walk

Two of the International Space Station's current batch of 'nauts are prepping for a six-and-a-half hour stroll in space to prep the orbiting craft for a new Russian module and run some repairs. Flight Engineer Karen Nyberg assists FE Chris Cassidy and FE Luca Parmitano in spacewalk prep Chris Cassidy (L) and Luca Parmitano (R) …

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Europa Project

I watched the Europa Project last night, todays NASA TV broadcast is looking familiar! :-)

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"replace a Space-to-Ground Transmitter Receiver Controller"

Is the part called AE-35 by any chance?

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An Italian "in a plain suit"? I think the correct phrase is "understated"...

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Perception

Every time I think about a spacewalk I wonder if time 'slows down' for them. I know anytime I'm doing something really exciting/dangerous things seem to go very slow. I think it would seem like days passed if I was just floating around in space looking at Earth.

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Re: Perception

"Every time I think about a spacewalk I wonder if time 'slows down' for them. I know anytime I'm doing something really exciting/dangerous things seem to go very slow. "

That will probably be the massive amounts of adrenaline your body is pumping out

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Presumably he has to fix his own Alfa all the time anyway.

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Let the stereotypes roll

The Italian Pasta Research Institute (IPRI) will be running an experiment on pasta making in zero gravity. The previously booked experiment, which was to involve extruding a single strand of spaghetti made out of a special new nanotube pasta, stronger than any other pasta in the world, from Bologna to the Space Station, had to be abandoned because the darned thing keeps moving around and the Americanos and Russos refused to tie it down for a few days to allow the experiment to take place under appropriate kitchenlaboratory conditions. Instead, the Italian Space Institute will be promoting a new gelato flavour, Astro Limone, with extra 'nitrogenico liquido'. All these products will be coming to a deli near you soon, which is more than can be said about the results of most experiments conducted on the Space Station. Go get them, Italiano!

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Re: Let the stereotypes roll

"All these products will be coming to a deli near you soon, which is more than can be said about the results of most experiments conducted on the Space Station. Go get them, Italiano!"

F'naar, F'naar.

You could have just point out the "Made in Turin" sign stamped into 1/2 of the modules of the ISS.

That's where they were made after all.

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