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Kazakhstan: ISS Expedition 60-61 crew hold pre-flight press conference in Baikonur

0 19.07.2019 Инфо

*BUGS AT SOURCE*
W/S Press conference of International Space Station Expedition 60/61 in Baikonur, Kazakhstan
M/S Journalist
W/S Crew members
W/S Press conference
SOT, Journalist (Russian): "The weather is maybe the same here as in Italy now?
SOT, Luca Parmitano, European Space Agency astronaut (Russian): "Here it is even better. Do I look suntanned? Ok, great."
W/S Press conference
SOT, Alexander Skvortsov, Russian space agency Roscosmos' cosmonaut (Russian): "How do we measure radiation while on the mission? We have personal detectors which we will then bring back to the Earth in order to calculate how much radiation each of us has got. There are also detectors we take when we are going to space, we carry them with us. This [data] is also being analysed on Earth. It helps us to recover after the mission. We do get the radiation - it is true. Total amounts of radiation are quite big, comparing to the ones people get on Earth." *MULTIPLE SHOTS AT SOURCE*
M/S Press conference
SOT, Luca Parmitano, European Space Agency astronaut (English): "First of all, I would like to wish you [the journalist] good luck with your candidature and anybody who wishes to participate in the selection [of cosmonauts]. I would say that the perfect candidate has no hair. Especially if you really have no hair, like, it does not grow, you don't have to shave it and create a lot of mess in the space station. That would be a very valuable skill. Jokes aside, I think that right now we are looking at a new generation of astronauts. They might be going to the Moon. If you let me play a bit around the word, go beyond the Moon. What does it mean? There are a couple of things that would be different. These candidates will have to have a variety of skills. They will have to be at the same time leaders and followers. They will have to be scientists, observers, pilots, and all the other things that we, when we went through our selection, we kind of had to demonstrate. I would say that the perfect candidate is the one that we will select." *MULTIPLE SHOTS AT SOURCE*
M/S Press conference
M/S Crew members
W/S Press conference
SOT, Alexander Skvortsov, Russian space agency Roscosmos' cosmonaut (Russian): "Yes, I will have one too [micro blog]. [I will post something] not really often, I think, but we will cooperate with our press service, we have an experienced one. I think there will be messages from me, from the orbit." *MULTIPLE SHOTS AT SOURCE*
M/S Crew members
SOT, Andrew Morgan, NASA astronaut (Russian): "I have my wife here, four children, my parents, two brothers, many friends. I would like to say today is my daughter's birthday. She turns 13. Happy birthday Emilia, I love you." *MULTIPLE SHOTS AT SOURCE*
W/S Press conference
W/S Crew members are about to leave
W/S Crew members
W/S Crew members
SCRIPT
International Space Station (ISS) Expedition 60-61 crew held a pre-flight press conference at the Baikonur Cosmodrome on Friday.
The main crew, NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan, European Space Agency astronaut Luca Parmitano and Alexander Skvortsov of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, discussed their upcoming mission and took questions from the press.
Asked about the selection of new cosmonauts, Parmitano joked that “the perfect candidate has no hair.”
“You don't have to shave it and create a lot of mess in the space station. That would be a very valuable skill,” the Italian said, prompting laughter from the audience.
Russia’s Skvortsov on his part explained how the crew will measure their exposure to space radiation during the mission.
“We have personal detectors which we will then bring back to the Earth in order to calculate how much radiation each of us has got. There are also detectors we take when we are going to space, we carry them with us.”
The trio are scheduled to launch to the ISS on board the Soyuz MS-13 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on Saturday, July 20.