Parmitano Luca (Italy)Luca Parmitano, Beyond missionAstronaut Training

Luca Parmitano training for Beyond in GCTC, Moscow - CF7 centrifuge

Credits: ESA - S. Corvaja

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ESA Astronaut Luca Parmitano in the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center (GCTC) in Moscow, Russia on 19 June 2019. He is currently undergoing Soyuz qualification training, which includes both work in the centrifuge and the Soyuz simulator as well as work in and with the Russian Sokol Space Suit used with the Soyuz module. The training focuses on the PYZ manual mode, when astronauts might be required to deorbit in the manually controlled descent in case the use of the automated AYZ mode cannot be used. This image shows the CF-7 centrifuge which is used to familiarize astronauts with the working conditions onboard the Soyuz. Luca will be going 'Beyond' when he returns to the International Space Station in 2019 as part of Expedition 60/61, alongside Andrew Morgan of NASA and Alexander Skvortsov of Roscosmos. Luca was the first of the 2009 astronaut class to fly to the Space Station. His first mission Volare, meaning 'to fly' in Italian, took place in 2013 and lasted 166 days, during which time Luca conducted two spacewalks and many experiments that are still running today.

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