Ever wonder what it’s like to actually live on the ISS? Astronaut Luca Parmitano’s life on the ISS is a great one and he’s been kind enough to talk with us on Earth about his experience in orbit. This week he answers even deeper questions about how his life is aboard the ISS. From recreation to the incredible view, Luca dishes details on the incredibly unique experience he’s having right now, on the ISS!
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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!
– asked by Viviana
Question: I’m very curious to know if the total ”silence” is missing to you!! I suppose up there the loud noise it is not agreeable!
Luca’s Answer: I don’t particularly miss silence, because it’s easy to put ear plugs on, and then it’s as quiet as you want it to be.
Question 2: Sounds on the ISS
Luca, what does it sounds like in Space on the ISS? We saw a picture of you with noise cancelling headphones on and wondered what it sounded like up there?
Luca’s Answer: It sounds like a lot of fans going on at the same time, which is why I was wearing noise canceling headphones in the picture.
– asked by Micah, @mt_winston
Question: From the ISS, would you be able to see a volcano erupt? Or an Earthquake happen?
Luca’s Answer: I would certainly be able to see a volcano erupt, and as a matter of fact I took picture of one. As for an earthquake, I wouldn’t be able to see it happening, but if it was especially strong I could probably see the effects.
Question 4: Fun on the ISS
– asked by Sean, @BardicHeart
Question: What do you do for recreation / fun on ISS? Does that include any group activities / games? How much time do you have for recreation and how important is that?
Luca’s Answer: I like to take photos or use our internet capability to connect to people, make phone calls. We do play some “space games”, like trying to float from one side of the Station to the other without hitting anything. We have some free time in the evening, though not a lot, and the half a day on Saturday. Sunday is our only day off, and it’s incredibly important.
– asked by Daniel, @LogOnDan
Question: What was the first thing you saw in orbit? What was your reaction?
Luca’s Answer: The first thing I saw in orbit, while still sitting in my Soyuz seat, was a sunrise – it brought a huge smile to my face, one that is still on!
– asked by Cristiano, @crisk73
Question: How do you protect from cosmic and solar radiations since you stay in space for such a long time? Is the ISS shielded? Do you periodically monitor your body radiation exposure? Thanks and have a good stay in space!
Luca’s Answer: The orbit of the ISS is inside the magnetosphere, which is our main protection. The ISS is shielded, especially our crew quarters, where we sleep and spend at least 8 hours a day. We don’t monitor our body for radiation while on board, but we have sensors with us that we take back to earth.