ESA Astronaut Luca Parmitano arrives at Space Station
A Soyuz spacecraft successfully delivered ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano and his crewmates to the place they will live and work in for the next five months!
Launched on 28 May at 22:31 CEST, the Soyuz TMA-09M reached orbit nine minutes later. Following a series of manoeuvres during four orbits of our planet, Soyuz docked with the Station’s Rassvet module five hours and 46 minutes after liftoff.
This is only the second flight to arrive in such a short time, eight times faster than the previous two-day procedure. Luca is the first European flight engineer to co-pilot the Soyuz spacecraft on this fast-track approach.
The new arrivals now have a week to adapt to the unique sensation of living in weightlessness, after which Luca has a very busy programme during his 166 days on the outpost!