#AskLuca: Final Words from the ISS

Though Astronaut Luca Partmitano’s time on the ISS has come to an end, I’m so happy to continue to connect with him for #AskLuca questions. He’s been so helpful in answering your inquiries while aboard the ISS and I think we all can agree that we’ve learned an incredible amount from his responses! This week, learn how waste is disposed of on the ISS, if Luca can see the stars, and much more!

Got a Question for Luca?

If you have questions for Luca that you would like answered you can submit them here. I will pick several questions to ask Luca each week on either Twitter or Google+ and when I get his answers I will post them here on my blog. You can follow the hashtag #AskLuca on either Google+ or Twitter to follow our conversations. This is already turning into a great adventure! Stay Tuned!

Screen shot 2013-11-07 at 10.25.51 AMQuestion 1: Lake Como Photo

Question: Hi Luca! Above all, thank you for the fantastic work that you are doing and for the amazing pictures that you are putting up on G+. If you can, could you take a lovely picture of “my” Lake Como? Thanks and bye!

Luca’s Answer: Done! Look for it on Flickr!

Photo Credit: ESA/NASA/Luca Parmitano

“Como Lake and its enchanting villages.” – Luca Parmitano Photo Credit: ESA/NASA/Luca Parmitano

Question 2: ISS WasteScreen shot 2013-11-07 at 10.25.58 AM

Question: Hi Luca, the other evening here in Veneto, something fell from the sky that looked like a small meteorite. It happened around 2:45 a.m. Nothing was damaged and it disintegrated before hitting the ground. I was wondering if maybe one of you in the ISS threw something outside. Bye and thanks for all the work that you are doing for us. Giorgio.

Luca’s Answer: No, absolutely not! Our waste will reenter and be destroyed with the cargo ship above the Pacific ocean.

Question 3: Stars on the ISSScreen shot 2013-11-07 at 10.26.03 AM

Question: Hi, I really like looking at the pictures that you send us. Here is a question for you. It might be a bit boring. But from up there, can you see the stars? Bye, be strong and courageous for Italy.

Luca’s Answer: Certainly I can see them. The main difference is that their light doesn’t move and they are all different colors.

Question 4: Chemtrails Conspiracy TheoryScreen shot 2013-11-07 at 10.26.10 AM

Question: Hi Luca. On the “earth,” you often hear about the chemtrails conspiracy theory. From your privileged point of view, can you see anything like that? Thanks in advance.

Luca’s Answer: No, I have never seen anything like that. I tend to believe that the theory is an “urban legend.”

Screen shot 2013-11-07 at 10.26.16 AMQuestion 5: Feelings on the ISS

Question: What was the first feeling…the first emotion that you had on this new adventure?

Luca’s Answer: Gratitude.

Credit: ESA/NASA/Luca Parmitano

Credit: ESA/NASA/Luca Parmitano

Question 6: Claustrophobia on the ISSScreen shot 2013-11-07 at 10.26.20 AM

Question: Dear Luca, every once in a while, do you suffer from claustrophobia since you are shut inside? I am serious. The fact that you are inside a capsule that spins around, against your will, how do you deal with it? Did they teach you to deal with it, or do you just not have this problem and so my question is meaningless? Thanks for everything that you are doing. Enjoy your work! Marco.

Luca’s Answer: I don’t suffer from claustrophobia and have never suffered from it.

Screen shot 2013-11-07 at 10.26.25 AMQuestion 7: Book Recommendation

Question: Have you ever read “If The Sun Dies” by Oriana Fallaci? The moon is expensive. I know that. It is expensive for all of us. But no price is worth that field of grain, no price is worth that mountain peak. If it were worth it, it would be useless to go to the moon. It would be worthwhile to just stay here. So wake up. Stop being so rationale, obedient and serious! Stop losing your hair and letting it get you down how alike you all are! Rip up that piece of carbon copy paper. Laugh, cry and make mistakes.

Luca’s Answer: No, I have never read it. Maybe I will when I return to Earth.


  1. Stefy says

    Luca – dimmi sinceramente …non c’e cosa piu bella del odore della nostra Terra Italiana -…lo so perche’ – manco da anni e quando ritorno quel odore e’ ben distinto….Come stai ti senti bene? Ti ringrazio so che e’ il tuo lavoro – ma per 6 mesi ci hai fatto sognare anche a noi….Una cosa mi hai insegnato la tua capacita’ di dialogare con noi e condividere i tuoi pensieri con cosi’ umilta’ e serenita’ – Da farci sentire cosi fieri di essere Italiani – La mia mamma viene dalla Sicilia e so quanto tu ami la tua terra – Ti auguro un mondo di bene rimanendo in contatto sempre come un estensione della famiglia – Siamo poi tutti crezioni di Dio Baci a te e Kathy e le piccoline – che ora giocheranno con il papa’ ogni momento che puo – Ciao e grazie


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