What’s up with @Astro_Luca on the ISS this week? June 23-29, Space Concert on Earth and More!

This past week for Luca was nothing but amazing! Let’s start with the end of the week and move backward.

On Saturday, June 29 Luca “appeared with” French composer and Musician Didier Marouani & his band named Space live from Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. Both Karen Nyberg and Fyodor Yurchikhin were watching Luca play with Didier. Joining Luca and Didier was 11 year old Elana, Fyodor Yurchikhin’s daughter (Fyodor is on the ISS with Luca). Luca played a small part of the “Magic Fly” with Didier and then Elana continued to play the entire song. I can only imagine how proud Fyodor is of his daughter – she is incredibly talented!

Didier Marouani et spAce – Duplex with… by SebMarouani

What’s amazing to me is that this is such an incredible example of what the International Space Station represents: international cooperation to accomplish great things. Having a French musician play with an Italian Astronaut (who is by the way playing keyboards in space while moving at almost 18,000 miles per hour above us) and the young daughter of a Russian Astronaut playing on stage to an audience in Moscow…simply put, this is amazing.

In other news, Luca also tweeted his first picture of the United States, which I labeled as “Art in Life…” Want to learn more about this? Click here. Want to know more about the amazing photos of all the astronauts on the International Space Station who are currently sharing (which includes Luca, Karen Nyberg and Chris Cassidy)? Check out this NBC News Photo Blog report by Alan Boyle titled “Month in Space How to Experience the Overview Effect.”

It may seem like Luca spends a lot of time taking photos and playing for sold out stadiums, but the truth is, these things happen during his free-time. He is of course busy all day, everyday with important experiments, ISS maintenance and more!

On Monday June 24, 2013 Luca, for the first time from space, watched an EVA (extra-vehicular activity) or spacewalk, conducted by the Russians. I cannot even imagine what this was like for Luca given that his first EVAs are less than one month away. Fortunately Luca shared some great pictures of his views of the Russian EVA:

Photo credit: ESA/NASA/Parmitano

Photo credit: ESA/NASA/Parmitano

Photo credit: ESA/NASA/Parmitano

Photo credit: ESA/NASA/Parmitano

Photo credit: ESA/NASA/Parmitano

Photo credit: ESA/NASA/Parmitano

After watching Russian Astronauts Fyodor Yurchikhin and Aleksandr Misurkin’s EVAs from the space station Luca begain his own preparation for his spacewalks coming up in July. These two spacewalks (EVA-22 July 9, 2013 and EVA-23 July 16, 2013) will be a first for Luca and the preparation is extremely important. Fortunately he has spacewalk veteran Chris Cassidy to help guide him.

"Chris supervises while I set up my MWS (Mini Work Station) for the EVA." - Luca Parmitano Photo Credit: ESA/NASA/Parmitano

“Chris supervises while I set up my MWS (Mini Work Station) for the EVA.” – Luca Parmitano Photo Credit: ESA/NASA/Parmitano

Flight Engineers Chris Cassidy (upper left) and Luca Parmitano work with spacewalk equipment in the Quest airlock of the International Space Station. Credit: NASA TV

Flight Engineers Chris Cassidy (upper left) and Luca Parmitano work with spacewalk equipment in the Quest airlock of the International Space Station. Credit: NASA TV

 

Some favorite photos Luca took this week include:

All of earth in one window.

"Proof that the Earth is indeed round." - Luca Parmitano  Photo Credit: ESA/NASA/Parmitano

“Proof that the Earth is indeed round.” – Luca Parmitano
Photo Credit: ESA/NASA/Parmitano

I love this series of the moon setting…going…going…gone!

ESA/NASA/Parmitano

ESA/NASA/Parmitano

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Looks like a sandstorm on Jupiter… but its actually Mauritania.

"When you see this landmark, you know you’re in Mauritania…" - Luca Parmitano  Photo Credit: ESA/NASA/Parmitano

“When you see this landmark, you know you’re in Mauritania…” – Luca Parmitano
Photo Credit: ESA/NASA/Parmitano

Beautiful horizon picture. I can never get enough of these!

"Dedicated to my Sardinian friends." - Luca Parmitano Photo Credit: ESA/NASA/Parmitano

“Dedicated to my Sardinian friends.” – Luca Parmitano
Photo Credit: ESA/NASA/Parmitano

Parents always tell us not to play with our food… guess that doesn’t apply in space!

"…attack…" - Luca Parmitano  Photo Credit: ESA/NASA/Parmitano

“…attack…” – Luca Parmitano
Photo Credit: ESA/NASA/Parmitano

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