#AskLuca: Claustrophobia on the ISS, Time Zones and More

Luca spends some of his free time using a laser tool on the ISS. Credits: ESA/NASA

Luca spends some of his free time using a laser tool on the ISS. Credits: ESA/NASA

This week’s #AskLuca features a few questions that explore some differences between life on Earth and life on the ISS. This week, questions were asked in Italian and Luca answered in Italian – fun to see Luca conversing with his native language! Fortunately I have a friend who speaks fluent Italian, Thanks Karen for translating! From thoughts on sleep to inquiries about claustrophobia, Luca answers it all right here!

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!

OneQuestion 1: Missing Earth?

Question: Luca, you will be in space for 6 months. Day after day, what do you miss and what are you going to miss in the future (family, food, actions that you can do on the Earth but not in space)? Thanks and have a good vacation.

Luca’s Answer: Honestly, the only thing that I miss is spending my free time with my wife and daughters. I know that I will never be able to get back the time that I spend away from them.

Question 2: Sleeping on the ISS Two

Question: On board are you on the Moscow time zone? What schedule do you keep? Do you all have the same shifts? It is hard to get used to having 16 sunrises? How do you sleep? Thanks.

Luca’s Answer: We use Greenwich time (GMT) and we all have the same shirt (usually. Sometimes there can be small differences). It isn’t hard at all; we don’t even notice. We sleep in a sleeping bag tied to a wall of our bunk.

ThreeQuestion 3: Claustrophobia

Question: You are living in space for 6 month. Don’t you suffer from claustrophobia a bit?

Luca’s Answer: It would be hard for anyone who suffers from claustrophobia to become an astronaut, but living on the Station doesn’t make you claustrophobic  if you don’t suffer from it.

Question 4: Free Time Four

Question: Hi or ciao Luca or Assambenedica Avvussia (we Sicilians understand the Sicilian dialect). I was wondering how you spend your “free” time (if you have any) in the space station? Phileas Fogg went around the world in 80 days, like Luca Parmitano in ….? Have a great day, Astronaut. You are the pride of Sicily and all Italy.

Luca’s Answer: We have a little bit of free time in the evening, after dinner. I spend it interacting with people back on Earth through social media sites, writing, taking pictures. Sometimes, I play the guitar or the keyboard that we have on board. My colleagues have their favorites pastimes. The Station “goes around the world” in 90 minutes.


  1. drtuber says

    ESA astronaut @astro_luca answers an #AskLuca question about the biggest sacrifice he made to become an astronaut submitted by Jade Dickson on Facebook.

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