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Dear Ekaterina: I’ve got my first book on space when I was 9 – I still have it in my library, it was translated from Russian, written in Soviet style with the title “Battle for Speed”. . . .
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Dear Balazs: Yes I have, but we used the best passes (where we can look directly down, not sideways) for the amateur radio connections. . . .
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Dear David: In the past I was half-joking about this question: the doctors, the press conferences, the training. This time the training was much easier, and I was quite getting used to the doctors and the press co . . .
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Dear Gianluca: do keep trying on good passes, especially around dinner time, 2100Z when the crew relaxes and turns on the Ham radio for fun. . . .
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Dear Sydney: The nice people at Space Adventures encouraged me to take the necessary steps – with doctors, with instructors – that convinced me that it . . .
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Dear Eduard, I feel bad about not doing more European Ham work, but the fact is that the few good passes were pre-planned for Hungarian school contacts and experimental contacts. Keep on trying, the current crew w . . .
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Dear Dr. Lukacs: excellent question, what is the real purpose of the ISS? I am lucky that I do not have to explain this, when I decided to fly and support it, it was already built up. From my point of view, space . . .
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Dear Joseph: I have had no plans to connect this activity with my programming work. When Intentional Software will be widely used, of course I would hope that Nasa would be one of our many customers . . .
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Dear Michael: there are three short-term difficulties with returning to gravity: weakness of the muscles, the confusion of the vestibular system, and low blood pressure when standing (the opposite of what bothered . . .
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Dear Douglas: Col. Mike Fincke was doing very well after return. I did not see the footage you are referring to, chances are that people helping him tripped. The doctors are very protective but sometimes awkward i . . .
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Dear Matthias: you summarize the mission of an engineer so well. I would not be surprised that part-time gravity would be still useful for the medical aspects. But what a pity: weightless sleep was the best part. . . .
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Dear Josef. Sandor Simonyi-Semadam was the head of the family in those years. I am not a direct descendant, but certainly indebted to him. My father grew up in Egyhazasfalu and at the urging of the village priest, . . .
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Dear Andrey. The flight was just perfect in every respect, all very smooth and according to plan. I did have a nice beer on the plane back to Moscow. . . .
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Dear Sarah: we were in Zulu (Greenwich) time, sleeping and waking in synch with the British. . . .
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Dear John, physics really does not understand much about gravity and its sisters: mass and acceleration. Maybe the widely expected discovery of the Higgs boson will give us some new ideas about mass at least. In o . . .
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The feeling of speed of moving between different parts of the Earth. Telecommunications can connect you with any place at any time, but actually looking at different faraway places every quarter of an hour really . . .
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Yes, the Balaton is very easy to see with its characteristic shape, and it is a kind of marker of the part of the world that we are looking at – middle Europe. . . .
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Hej Anders, Actually the current US Shuttle lands on large airstrips. There is a complicated procedure to leave the Shuttle on a parachute but it has never been tried. The early American spacecraft all landed on w . . .
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Dear Benedek. 1) I was approached by the Space Adventures people and they persevered answering my objections to why I should not or could not go. 2) I studied the systems very thoroughly until I understood in deta . . .
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Dear Dr.Nagy. My father supported my decision to leave Hungary at the age of 17. It is not something he would have done, he intended to work and strive in Hungary no matter what, but he understood that I was a dif . . .
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Dear Margarita, I do not want to overstate the degree of sacrifice involved here, it is not more than, for example the sacrifice of a volunteer blood donor. I do feel that with the privilege of space travel, comes . . .
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Dear Pack 232: Belated greetings, unfortunately only from 10 miles up and at 400 MPH – I am on an airplane after the flight. So sorry the email has not reached me. I called many people from space using the I . . .
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Dear Jack, the lack of gravity affects the blood circulation in that more blood is pumped into the head than necessary. We try to counteract this by tourniquets on our legs. By and large the arms and legs do not f . . .
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{ #include “stdio.def”; void main(char *rgstArgs[]) { printf(“Hello world”) }} something like that? Someone else suggested that too. Unfortunately the owners of ISS are nervous about softwa . . .
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I agree that cheaper access to LEO is key. I do not think any single person or organization knows how to do this right so we need competition. My knee jerk reaction is that something that carries both humans and c . . .
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It is much less dramatic than looking at it from the outside. I would compare the feeling with a takeoff in a helicopter – a fair amount of vibration, dull noise, and a lifting feeling. . . .
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Yes I visited all compartments during our safety briefing, except for the private cabinets of the astronauts. I sleep in the Russian airlock (CO or DC) where I slept last time. All I need is the sleeping bag for m . . .
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No doubt, it is just a question of time – I believe in a Star Trek-like future where space will be a part of our natural environment. I am not sure if the Moon will be the first place where humans will live, . . .
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Hello Wendell, good to hear form you. The food is fine, nothing to write home about, but wholesome, nutritious, etc. I am still getting used to it. The view is indeed incredible and it always changes, just like on . . .
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Ralph, you got to be kidding or you are truly a senior citizen to call me young even in relative terms, but thanks anyway. I am taking a lot of pictures and videos, only a small portion is posted at this website a . . .
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Good point, Mike. But in the final analysis it is information and people that matter. I cannot think of any obvious examples of big things that need to come back. I never believed in the “bring back a bad sa . . .
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I will be taking pictures. I won’t have email or phone on that day so it will be a real holiday. Maybe I will even read? . . .
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We fly toward the east – please look at the kids’ section in this site for a detailed discussion why this is so (you have to be able to answer this question yourself if you want to get a certificate!) . . .
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Oh yes – the “fantasy echo” (“fin de siecle” with an American accent) party in 1999! That was in a galaxy far far away. Now I am married and settled down. What are your demands? (just . . .
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Good question. These oranges did not have much juice but they tasted fine, especially compared to the regular food. Apples or bananas are never a problem. As to the onions I just asked and to my surprise we indeed . . .
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Not specifically. Trying to directly influence a company’s product strategy means dedicating your life to that company. I am not ready to do that. On the other hand, I think people should complain when using . . .
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Thanks Miles, it is basically just a question of batteries. This thing likes them a lot. We have 100KW of free solar energy, yet we have to feed it energy in this super wasteful way. After I’ve sent the pict . . .
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Dear Amber,

1. Your question is # 550. The questions are filtered in principle, but I get most of them and answer them one after another.

2. There is no commercial enterprise behind this private blog. . . .

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Sorry Nat, the schedule is too uncertain and the email/website is too slow for this sort of operational data.

Skat is in covered shed, but in principle the shed should be resolvable if we happen to get a good . . .

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Dear Pat, I was born in Hungary and left at age 17 alone to seek fortune in the free world. I certainly would not have thought that I would get the opportunity to fly in space and even less that it would be with t . . .
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I am very happy about the extra day, but it will be good to be back with my family for Easter. The return trip will be only 2 hours from the closing of the hatch to touchdown. We did a rehearsal the other day wher . . .
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I wrote about this in detail in the last website which is still linked. I will write about any changes afterwards. To make a long story short, it is very much like skiing on a slalom course and then like a parachu . . .
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Organizing work, dealing with small things is really difficult, and we really have not developed a vacuum table or something to hold papers. This is really too bad because a tiny force would be sufficient to hold . . .
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Weightlessness is actually quite complex phenomenon and people use different terms at different times for the same thing to show sophistication (micro-gravity is supposed to be more sophisticated) or to emphasize . . .
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No way. I did not have (and still not have) the temperament or the skills (“the right stuff”) or the patience to try to become an astronaut. Frankly when Space Adventures approached me and suggested th . . .
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Thanks Tom, and best greeting to all at the Eastside Astronomical Society. This is a great question and pondering it I think that time is just right now, I seem to have much more of it, I am doing much more work a . . .
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Dear Alejandro: thank you very much for your mail. Indeed the second time is much different as Sergey Krikalov promised me that it would be – he should know he has been in space 6 times. The differences have . . .
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Dear Bob: I am completely out of touch with the news reports, but I guess they have to do with the negotiating process for the six-person crew of who should pay for what between the program participants. To t . . .
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Dear jack: I think the negotiations are about who pays for what. I am not aware of any restrictions on board of the use of the toilets. BTW the toilets are of identical Russian design, except that only the America . . .
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Dear Frank: Thank you for your vigilance and concern. I am happy to report, as I mentioned in the answers to related questions, that these budget issues do not affect either the smooth functioning of the crew, or . . .
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Thank you Josue. Fortunately the cosmonaut described a hypothetical situation, which, if it were to happen, would be absurd. One could make a case for someone bringing something special to the station – like . . .
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Hello Terhi: Now that you ask me, I realize just how fresh the air is (it should be, it was “made” from water just a few hours ago.) But all kidding aside, the air is kept very clean, excess moisture a . . .
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Hello Bill: thank you for writing! A: the earth and the glows around it is the only color I see apart from the station structure itself which is very colorful with the different Russian and American solar batterie . . .
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When newspapers talk about the scent of space, they refer to the scent of metal that has been immediately prior exposed to vacuum, for example the tools of the EVA astronauts right after they return into the airlo . . .
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Dear Peter: I have hoped to write a book about the first, but now it really becomes necessary. These questions and answers will serve as my notes. At any rate, do not hold your breath until it comes out, it may ta . . .
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Thank you Joe for the loaded question. Hope you have a bet riding on it, and I suspect you know the answer. Obviously there is plenty of gravity here, we are not very far from the surface where nobody questions gr . . .
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The clocks and instruments on ISS all show UTC (or Zulu, or Greenwich) time which is one hour before central European time. On this trip we went to sleep 22:00 and woke up at 06:00 which was very practical: when w . . .
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Hello John; The space elevator is one of those clever dreams which would be very nice if all the kinks could be worked out. If we had materials with the tensile strength required for the space elevator, maybe . . .
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Dear Klaus, I can imagine someone with intestinal problems asking for a little gravity. Or, during the first trip I felt my head so full that it was pressed from the inside to every direction. I thought, with grav . . .
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Hej Jannicke, the smell is very clean, like an office with a lot of electrical equipment but with air filters and without any artificial smells: no smell of cleaners or fresheners. From time to time there is smell . . .
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Dear Katie, the Soyuz can be pretty cold and, as we learned on the last flight up, can be warm also, but nothing that cannot be accommodated by putting on or taking off sweaters. The space station has a more sophi . . .
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The answer is simple: it would be expensive and we do not exactly know how big a problem the lack of gravity is. We are still in the experimental phase. This is another reason that there is value in just flying, w . . .
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Actually, NASA has been more than correct in their welcoming me to the American segment. One reason that I appeared less frequently there is that the computers in the Russian segments are now connected to the netw . . .
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Dear Jim, The downlink amateur frequency from the ISS is well known to be 145.800 Mhz. Keep listening during passes, the crew will definitely work the Ham setup from time to time. . . .
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Dear D. Nagy, Thank you for the kind words. Unfortunately I have no such plans, but you may be glad to know that my father’s book “Cultural History of Physics” is being translated into English an . . .
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Dear Alan: I am only a very part time amateur, but congratulate you for taking up this fascinating hobby. There are great resources on the web to help with making contact with the Space Station – you need to . . .
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Dear Christopher: it took 8 minutes to get into a low earth or . . .

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It is amazing.  Things happen so fast.  I am worried that soon it will be over. . . .
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There is much more room, plus the amenities - email, toilet, warm food. The space station is like a small hotel, the spaceship is like a small RV. . . .
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Great signal otherwise I would not have been able to respond.  I have just been able to make a great HD video of some great northern lights (actually in the South).  With the noctilucent c . . .
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The tremor is an inherited "essential" tremor, and does not necessarily indicate excitement, although it does worsen with stress and exercise, and gets better with beta blockers and alcohol!  The do . . .
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No, the flight is too short, and too much fun to get homesick. I have just learned that we may return one day later than planned so I will gain one more space day: my 28th in all! . . .
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Dear Louis, 73's to you, but you did not say which day it was! Email to the ISS is still pretty slow, the permanent crew appreciate the value of Ham radio and I am sure they will use it from time to time. . . .
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Boring? I know you are being ironic. The docking was pretty routine but very interesting as we approached the station and say it grow larger in our optical sight and TV camera.  The speeds are not t . . .
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What were the white boxes we were carrying before the launch?  They are battery powered venitalors that pump outside air into our spacesuits, so we did not get warm and sweaty. . . .
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Dear Guadalupe: I promised to my wife that this will be my last trip. I work really hard to share my experience with others through many media. Orbital spaceflight is still very expensive which means that it suppo . . .
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Thank you, Prasenjit! I think the next step should be an asteroid, rather than the Moon or Mars which are just big gravity wells that it is very difficult to get out of. Plus with asteroids we get a much greater v . . .
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I will drink some cold beers. Unfortunately I cannot stay for Yuri’s night in Moscow because it is Easter and I planned to spend it with my family in St.Tropez. But we will surely toast to Gagarin’s me . . .
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Dear Pete, looks like you have thought about this carefully. Moving around is one of those skills that can be learned only by doing, like bicycling. Even with experience it is still difficult to push oneself to a . . .
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Dear Ulla, I do not mind the term “tourist” when describing this particular business model for space financing. The goal of such a business must be that people could go to space with less effort than w . . .
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Dear Carlos, yes at night with night adopted eyes the stars come out beautifully – they do not twinkle, otherwise it is just like from the earth. The field of view is also greater and the constellations just . . .
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I saw the earth from space for the first time two years ago Apr 8, 2007 from the Soyuz. It took my breath away it was so beautiful and blue. I felt I wanted to see more. . . .
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The second trip is much different. Just as I hoped, I hit the ground running, the transition to space was a non-event and I feel much more at home and can accomplish much more than the first time; I already had mo . . .
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No, spacewalking is for professionals or very rich young whippersnappers. . . .
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Dear Archana: Kibo is a very nice new module with a lot of experiment racks, and a sophisticated vacuum exposure facility where materials can be studied while being exposed to the vacuum or heat stresses of space. . . .
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Dear George: you reminded me to brush up on my classics. As to the next goal, I refer you to the quote from the great Hungarian poet Madach that I read on amateur radio to the Hungarian audience declaring that the . . .
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Dear Bill: this convention is too close to the flight where I have a devilishly crowded schedule. I am told that Richard Garriott will be there and I think you will agree that he has brought the ISS ham operation . . .
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Dear Christine, I am using email for written answers, but this has some delays, and in a few cases I use Russian direct UHF radio to my ground support who then post the recordings. . . .
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Thank you for the poetic words. I do not think even from this unique vantage point I could match the imagination of poets and philosophers. Hope one day we will see artists, philosophers, poets in space as well as . . .
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Dear HMS Beagle Trust, congratulations for your work in protecting Charles Darwin’s legacy. Dr. Mike is sending his greetings and says that he was right: the ISS is just like a big ship.

As to the futu . . .

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Dear Damian, I know that the Institute is proud to have you among the two hundred visiting scholars and scientist that come to the Institute to undertake research that will make significant contributions in . . .
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Programs should do more than just substitute for text and you should also do something with the answer, like print it out, otherwise my answer will be simply lost. But I get your point.

My wife reluctantly and . . .

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The remaining time is probably too short to arrange an assured contact with me (with private freqs, timing, etc.), but do contact ARISS in Houston and they will be able to arrange contact with the permanent crew. . . .
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I agree with you to the extent that once we figure out what are the problems, we should also work on remedying them, not just masking their effects. But drugs, other than dietary supplements are not used, and I th . . .
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Dear Capt Williams, Thank you for the kind words. The max force would be 4g’s briefly in a normal guided return and 8-9g’s briefly during a ballistic reentry which is a backup mode. Do not forget that . . .
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Thanks Jan for the info, I did not know. I hope people were not disturbed by the noise. If really connected to our Soyuz, the stage is called the third, not the second, because the second stage impacts at a design . . .
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Thank you! Sleeping and eating came back right away, I even slept soundly on the helicopter from the landing site to the airport – true I had a bunk bed to stretch out it. Walking and standing was more diffi . . .
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No spacewalk: It is expensive, and physically very demanding, especially for the training. I now also realize that it would take a lot of time away from my short stay up here – with the activities surroundin . . .
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Dear George. I have not noticed this, but here is my theory. The normal relaxed pose for the hands is in front of you with the palms facing inside and down, kind of in between the pope blessing people or the Itali . . .
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The main experiment is the recalibration of the “Pille” thermoluminescent dosimeter set. I also do a bone loss experiment, but as a subject, so it does not involve specific activities in space. I spend . . .
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Pilots have a word for this, the “sight picture”. Our sight picture is not different from a jet flying at maybe 10,000 feet, or a helicopter flying at 1,000, the main difference is that the features th . . .
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The short answer is no. I only went to Moscow when I won in Hungary the Socialist Camp-wide competition for the best junior cosmonaut. In 2007 I was shown some written documentation that purported to show that I w . . .
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Software is not in great shape. Just use virtually anything other than the leading applications, and you will run into problems of every kind. It is aggravating, infuriating. My advice is to be aggravated, be infu . . .
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Dear Mary. On this trip the station is on Greenwich time. We wake up nominally 6:00 and lights out at 22:00. This is not that far from Moscow time - we stayed on Moscow time even in Baykonur – so our sl . . .
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Dear Jozsef, yes the station is in better shape, with the board be . . .

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Hello Babi, today I made contact with about 15 hams in Hungary, but the events have to be planned ahead of time otherwise it is very difficult to make contact but it is always a possibility. . . .
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Thanks Dennis. I feel my sleep is deeper because I dream more and wake up less. When I wake up it is because of the backache (which is normal for space) and once because I got a headache from the CO2 accumulating . . .
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The most important experiment is the measurement of the radiation using thermoluminescent dosimeters developed in Hungary but organized by the Russians.

Frankly, as to wide access to space the key physical q . . .

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I am focusing on the experiments and communicating the experience. Time really flies, and it is only now on the third day that we unstowed my food rations, it is scary how much stuff is there and how much food we . . .
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The scale of the universe does not change from orbit, it is just as impressive as it is from the ground on a clear and dark night. For very high magnification instruments, like the Hubble telescope, being in space . . .
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Emanuel Kant, the great German philosopher said that two things filled him with awe: the starry sky on the outside, and the moral sense in the inside. It is certainly hard not to have a sense of awe looking at the . . .
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Excellent question: no it does not. It is more efficient to throw away dirty clothes (which are very simple to begin with) than to wash them. All the trash is burnt up by the returning freighters. The Shuttle some . . .
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No question in my mind. I think the qualities are very much those of pilots. President Eisenhower was very wise when he decreed that the first astronauts be selected from among military test pilots. Since then the . . .
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The high bandwidth connection to the ISS is through the TDRS geostationary satellites, using the Ku and S frequency bands. This is of course line-of sight but with a number of TDRS’s in place better than 80% . . .
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On the ISS the official language is English. The key station documentation is both in English and Russian. Signage is either in English or in both – in the Russian segment.

On the Soyuz the official lang . . .

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Dear Don, you are making an excellent point. I do not scuba, but imagine that it is very much like floating in weightlessness. I always say that space is not a benign environment, there are many unknowns abou . . .
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We got max 4g’s for a very short period of time, but during most of the 8 minutes we had 1-1.5 g’s only. Look, roughly we need 8000 m/sec and we have 500 seconds to do it, we need to accelerate only 16 . . .
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No, wrinkles are the same. I dream normally – to my chagrin – I would like to dream of space to re-live it. Maybe later in life. If anything I dream more than on the ground, I feel very rested after sl . . .
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I would if I stayed longer and if I had my player. I counted on finding the loaded player I left here last time. I remember listening to Bach’s “Johannes Passion” here, or Cezar Frank. . . .
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My only “complaint” is that we have too much food. Wish i could have taken another experiment instead of my 2nd food pack. The quality is excellent and you will find more details in other answers.

. . .

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I certainly have, it was practically a non-event. To be sure, I’ve also trained harder than before. The only fear I have is if the training made me insensitive to my balance sense and I would have problems w . . .
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It is a drag race that lasts 8 minutes, not just a few seconds on the drag strip. . . .
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Thanks for watching Hungarian TV! I think my most important strength is perseverance. As with any strength it can be overdone and must be tempered and in a way I have a surplus of this strength, but I am happy to . . .
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I was euphoric and for a short while I thought I could do anything. At any case I was happy to settle to be able to do a few more things. In terms of my environment, I thought the Earth was a good place to be, but . . .
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Dear Peter, thanks for the good wishes. We all know the good advice of hundreds of books and articles on the subject, they are basically all true. But, because there are so many rules, I think it still makes sense . . .
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The broadcasts are great – we had the pleasure of watching the shuttle landing from the station. As to the photos, I have no particular goal with the new camera, it is really a gift to the station and a lot . . .
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Thanks Andrey! It is a more complex mission but executed with more experience so it seems easier. . . .
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Dear Brandon – this is where the experience comes in. Can you imagine training for bicycling without using a bicycle? Weightlessness is like that, the training is just to help tolerating it but it won’ . . .
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It is mostly water with fascinating patterns of clouds. At lower altitudes, form the Soyuz, we saw some many fascinating sights of landmasses that are familiar to us from school: Spain, Italy, Sicily, the Red sea. . . .
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Dear Krisztina, and it is interesting the two Hungarians can communicate in English. Climate change is just that – change – it is difficult to tell from by looking at one picture unless you have seen t . . .
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Dear David; I see very large parts, but not the whole, but I know what you mean. I am amazed how nature repeats the same patterns in completely different scales and in different media. I am looking at familiar clo . . .
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Dear Edgar, it is very much like a Chrismas night. The sky actually does not look different from what it is like on Earth if you go to the mountains far from a city. The space between the starts is really black. T . . .
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Dear Anthony: the capsule, the CA, is unbelievably crowded especially in a spacesuit. You have to be almost like a contortionist just to get in our out of your seat, one at a time of course. The living compartment . . .
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Dear Hans-Jorgen, this is a great question. The sun is unbelievably white. We cannot look at it directly, but we see pieces of the station bathed in this light which is very much like in the theater, sharp and wit . . .
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Of course I dreamed of it, but not seriously. Who would have believed this even as late as 2000? Civilians in space? An incredible idea. . . .
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Dear Kirk, I am not sure if I will be able to visit in Aarhus this year. The station ha more space and it is better organized. I think it is ready for the permanent six crew which is the current plan. . . .
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Thanks Casey, that was the motto for my first flight: “From ideas to reality”. I may have had doubts about the sanity of going again, but now that I am here I am very happy I decided to go and that my . . .
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Many foods you eat the same way as in gravity, the foods naturally adhere to the spoon or the fork – really they are quite interchangeable. Liquids have to be drank through straws or tubes, although water ca . . .
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Dear Stuart, I am not privy to this information, you should contact the company. I share you enthusiasm for what the Russians managed to do with modest resources but with a surfeit of ingenuity. We should learn fr . . .
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Thanks Oleg, I hope there will be more time to work the Ham radio because it is such a great communication medium, especially with space on the 2m band. 73’s HA5SIK . . .
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Thanks Ron for the mail, I feel that being in space is a great privilege and I feel enormously gratified to be able to participate in the exploration of space and to share the experience with others.

We were . . .

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I've heard about this in our training courses. There i . . .

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I hope very much that you will be able to fulfill your dream. Living in space is extraordinary, a combination of frontier living, life on a submarine, in a busy office, and an amusement park. Tschuss, c . . .
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Dear Atilla: the theme is a continuation of the first one: . . .

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You are right, the acceleration this time did not feel that great and I moved my hands and used the mirror on my arm to look at the earth after the launch shroud was jettisoned. Also, zero g was absolutely no prob . . .
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I had a premonition on the last day of the first flight that it . . .

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And here is the written answer from space:


Here it is:

10 Print “Hello World!&rd . . .

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Dear Shiblee, I am so busy now I haven’t really formed a plan for this, let’s wait and see. But it is bound to be a kind déjà vu, in the positive sense of recognizing a pattern of familia . . .
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Yes, I did a so so job last time and I intend to do much better this time. I communicated my positive experience with the HAM sessions to Richard Garriott who then did a fantastic job which would be difficult to e . . .
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Alan, I am counting on finding my old mp3 player with my old music. I actually did not have much opportunity to listen to music at all, so I did not focus on getting and loading new music equipment. I have traced . . .
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Thank you Pedram, very much! . . .
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Thank you! I do not feel particularly brave, but I take the compliment. It is a very educational and in parts difficult experience, but it is not dangerous or painful as such. . . .
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Dear Gerry, Thanks a million! . . .
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I gave a Russian-style party at Star City to all the instructors and friends there, and had a long discussion with Sergey Krikolov who is probably the most experienced spacefarer with more than 800 days and 6 trip . . .
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Going to the bathroom is helped by a flow of air that carries all the waste into a porous bag which is then sealed and stored for disposal by de-orbiting and burning it up. Just a nice steady airflow is needed bec . . .
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Hej Nicolas, good to hear from you. The Soyuz #224 is exactly the same as #220. Some improvements were made in the separation bolts as a result of the investigations, and the ventilation pipe on the flight enginee . . .
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Actually I will return with two cosmonauts, Mike Fincke and Yuri Lonchakov who have been up there for the last six months. So my trip is part of the regular crew rotation – and we are rotating the lifeboat s . . .
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Dear Jennifer,The funds I am spending are helping the world’s space program that is generally funded by taxes on everyone. I appreciate the extra advantage I get in return for this help, namely the flig . . .
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Thank you Sheryl. In the nominal flight the hardest challenge is to avoid the car-sickness-like space sickness that is caused by weightlessness. Most of my training these days is to make me more resistant to this, . . .
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Kedves Fiuk, the launch time will be 14:49:15 Dekretnoe Moskovskoe Vremya which is indeed 11:49 GMT. We will fix the website timer. Lucky that it is not connected to the rocket! . . .
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Suni was very helpful to me while I stayed on the station. I was amazed how she ran the marathon there – I have pictures of her running and of her time. Did you know that she is a helicopter pilot in the Nav . . .
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As a kid I was always interested how things worked, and computers were a challenge: not only I did not know how they worked but I did not even know what they really did (at that time they did not do obvious things . . .
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Thanks Mike – as you see many other people share your sentiments and this is very motivating for me. . . .
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Yes, exactly 4 months ago. . . .
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Hello, My name is Raycho Raychev. I am from Bulgaria and before space sciences I studies History t the University in Sofia. Now I am studying at International Space University  ongoing the Master of Space Sciences Program. For me as a young person it has always being a dream to fly in space. I want to wish you good luck with your second flight and I hope that the experiments that you will perform while onboard ISS will achieve the results expected! Hope that the work that you will perform for Hungarian Space Program and for ESA will bring new knowledge and will benefit further our understanding for space. I am sure that there is nothing like the feeling of being inside a launching rocket and feeling zero-g, or seeing the Earth from above! I hope someday to be able to obtain my astronaut wings also! It is very encouraging that you want to attract the interest of more young people towards space with you second flight. I really feel that the better future of the space programs and exploration efforts will come only after a strong support for the outreach activities and space-related education. I hope that you will attract the attention of more young people that are not directly involved in space activities. The biggest problem of the space exploration nowadays is that there are practically not so many young people involved. Practically there has never being a really young astronaut (20-25 years old) with whom the rest of his generation could feel directly involved into space exploration. There is no better way to gain the interest of the young people around the globe than launching someone that represent their generation in space. Imagine the effect of a young person being launched into space without having PhD degree or 10 years of experience in the space sector. This could have an incredible result among other young individuals, because they will see that space is not so far away as one would expect and that the astronaut profession is not reserved for mature scientists. By saying this I do not want my words to me miss interpreted as a simple intent to seek support from your side for my own space travel. I am just really interested in sharing my opinion with a person who has being successful in his attempts to go to space and who is trying to inspire the young generation. It is important to see your opinion about the youth involvement into the space sector. I am really hoping that you will find time and share some of your experience and knowledge as to how to attract the interest of the coming space generations in a manner that will guarantee high results and social benefits for the society. Again, good luck with your mission and have a great flight! I wish you all the best and a soft landing! Raycho Member of the Board of Association Tsiolkovsky
You are absolutely right pointing out that young people do not get to go to space, probably for many practical reasons. Gagarin was very young when he flew, but since then the emphasis become more on experience an . . .
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Great questions. First, the ballistic re-entry. It is one of the four modes of reentry, and it is not considered an emergency mode, but a backup mode. Of course, if during the automatic guided reentry something wo . . .
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You are right in many ways and I am not sure if you are talking just about the future or about the present. I do not have answers but have a few observations.

One is that some things just have to be done on ho . . .

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I am planning to send a lot of SSTV – or at least the still pictures of the life on the station and the view from the station as long as I can feed the unit new batteries. Unlike the HAM radio, the SSTV came . . .
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No, I promised my wife that this will be my last trip to space. The various plans to go to the moon (actually close to, or even around the moon) are very exciting though, and I will follow them with great interest . . .
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Thanks for the good wishes – I should look into the patch. We have the space quiz until then…. . . .
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As you know, lotteries are highly regulated by governments (in this case I would agree with the need for regulation) but I always maintained that the exploration of space is essentially a political question in the . . .
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I am looking forward to seeing Freeman Dyson, Emeritus Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study, at this launch where his daughter Esther is in the backup crew! Dr. Peter Goddard, the director of the Institut . . .
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I do not know about the energy picture in Russia other than that they have huge mineral and fossil fuel resources being the largest country in the world with a poor prior record of discovery and exploitation &ndas . . .
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The ride is not that different than being in a helicopter at the start and later it is like a high-performance aircraft pulling G-s. The noise level is not unusually high. There is quite a bit of vibration but not . . .
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I am flying on Soyuz TMA-14 to the ISS. About 100 such spacecrafts have been launched before.

A Szojuz TMA tipusu urhajon fogok repulni az urallomasra. Ezelott tobbe kevesbe 100 ilyen urhajo repult mar.

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Kedves Tamas,

Az urben nagyon jo, de a foldon meg job, itt van a csalad, a jo etelek es a finom zuhany.

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Jorgen, I certainly hope so. We know that the ISS orbit is carefully watched, since just the other day there was a warning that a piece of metal came uncomfortably close to the station. There was a discussion . . .
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Bence, you are referring to the tradition of the chief designer delivering a swift kick in our behinds as we climb the stairs to the Soyuz. I would not dream of interfering with this, or any other space tradi . . .
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Thank you Victoria! This time the launch will be closer to sunset; it will be less dramatic at ignition, but more of the ascent will be visible. Thank you also for keeping me healthy and fit so I could do this and . . .
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I volunteered for a number of experiments which were planned by the various space organizations, but could not perform them mostly because of the lack of astronaut time. These experiments are not difficult to perf . . .
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Dear Manickaraj, thank you for the question. Of course people seriously interested in computers should learn all they can about computers. To excel in this world, one thing I feel is lacking today is the understan . . .
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Thank you! What you are suggesting is a political, rather than business proposition and should be advanced to and by politicians. Look up Helen Sharman on the Internet – she is the only British cosmonaut to . . .
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I will be doing much more HAM work than last time, but the world is very big. Check with the Puskas Tivadar Technikum about possible comm pass times. . . .
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Nagyon szepen koszonom! Thank you! . . .
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Thank you very much! Great hugs! . . .
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Thank you Andrey for the kind words. I think the danger is real, but not excessive. Paradoxically, the careful monitoring of the orbit itself creates public awareness of the possibility and thus people become conc . . .
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For longer than a month, right now it is Earth, by far. You should see how the astronauts and cosmonauts long to return after six month – how disappointed they are with every small delay. Being in space for . . .
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You are thinking of the circulatory system: the blood tends to collect in the head with the onset of weightlessness because our heart does not know that it does not have to fight gravity. We can get used to this u . . .
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Dear Richard: It is great that you decided to come to a launch. This one will be particularly nice because it will be late in the afternoon, local time, so the sun will shine on the rocket sideways and will remain . . .
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This is one time when I have practically no role; I will take lots of pictures and videos using my Canon PowerShot camera and follow the action using the checklist. The chances that my crew would miss something ar . . .
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Unfortunately my experience is completely insufficient to answer your question. I am so sorry. . . .
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Excellent question. Mostly learned to live and work in space, just like the first time bicycle rider or the first time car driver mostly learns by trial and error about a completely new environment where the rules . . .
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Kedves Karoly, Reszese voltam 2007 Aprilis 11.en a magyar radioamatorokkel tortent kiserletnek. A kozosen keszult emleklapon kozepen alul lathatsz. Az uj utazasod idoben egybeesik a 4. nemzetkozi radios expedicionkkal. Jelenlegi utunk Australiatol keletre cca 1100 km-re egy kicsi lakatlan szigetre lesz a Pacific Oceanban. Mellish Reef. Utazasunk weboldala: www.vk9gmw.com Ez a sziget egy nehezen megkozelitheto hely es a rovidhullamu radioamatorok a vilagban nagyon varjak a ritka DX megszolalasat. Orommel elnenk a lehetoseggel, ha cca 16000 km-re Magyarorszagtol radion a 2 meteres savon osszekottetesunk lehetne veled, az ISS-sel. Erre keszulve 2m FM radiot es 2m antennat is viszunk magunkkal. Az ISS palyaadatok rendelkezesunkre allnak, mindossze a palyamodositas uj adatai kellenek. Satellites internetunk lesz, igy tudunk adatokat frissiteni. Ha ezzel problema lenne, a barataim radion leadjak nekunk az aktualis palya adatokat. A tarsam, baratom George R Wallner AA7JV szinten magyar szarmazasu /58/.Amerikai uzletember. /O alapitotta a Hypercom nevu ceget/. Utazasunk koronaja lenne, ha sikerulne veled a QSO. Kerjuk, hogy ha az elfoglaltsagod engedi, az adott terulet felett elhaladva probaljuk a kapcsolat felvetelet. A geo adataink: lat:17Ù24'39" long:155Ù33'25". Varhatoan ottleszunk marcius 22- aprilis 6.-ig. Ha kialakulna valami kozelebbi idopont, vagy eselyes palyak, egy valasz emailt koszonettel vennenk. Kivanunk sikeres, elvezetes es feledhetetlen ujabb utazast tokeletes visszateressel. A tavolbol is folyamatosan figyelunk az ISSre. Udvozlettel es Tisztelettel Pekarik Tamas /HA7RY/ es George R Wallner /AA7JV/
Dear Tamas and George. I agree it would be a fantastic feat to make connection with this remote Pacific island. I will record the date and proceed with the planning on our side. . . .
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From your nickname I am guessing that you may be young. That is great, because you need time and perseverance to accomplish anything that is not common. I do not think there is a single way to become a cosmonaut; . . .
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Ha ha. There is a concept in economics called the “velocity of money” – that would certainly increase, too. . . .
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Well, Space Tourism is a substantial business already although the number of customers is still very low. The next steps are weightless flights on airplanes – which are a lot of fun and quite affordable.&nbs . . .
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Koszonom szepen, remelem less sok alkalom magyarul is beszelni az amator radiosok segitsegevel peldaul. . . .
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Good point. When I first saw the earth in its full majesty the thought did occur to me that it will be a complex enterprise to get back there. But it was even more complex to get out, and that was then alread . . .
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Koszonom!
 
Thank you!
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First. I can say with some confidence that Moore’s law had no direct effect on manned spaceflight, especially not on the Soyuz. The indirect effects of Moore’s law have been enormous of course, wi . . .
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Dear MIklos, I am glad you liked this sci-fi novel from the 19th century. Unfortunately bringing so many bits to the station is not simple – it would have to be qualified to be free of viruses. But thanks fo . . .
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Absolutely. I have great hopes for the second mission. I will have more time and, if everything goes as planned, more help to make interesting video clips of life and work on the station and also do more phot . . .
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Thanks Viktor for the tip. This time I am taking plenty of patches with me to Baykonur. Sounds like you are familiar with this wonderful museum that, among other artifacts, has some of the early Soviet computers t . . .
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I saw MiniWonderWorld in Hamburg that has the Spaceport that may be the one you are talking about – a big model of a Saturn 5, or maybe a Space Shuttle. BTW, there is a space-toy exhibit right now in Nu . . .
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Dear Peggy, it is unfortunately too late to organize an ARISS connection, but I will mention your school when I talk to Hungarian HAMs. I am so glad that there are such schools now and that they can attract teache . . .
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Mint ahogy emlitette, a nyilvanos fellepesek utan sokan megkerdeztek hogy szeretnek-e megegyszer repulni. Erre en – mint a tobbi urturista is – mindig azt valaszoltam hogy termeszetesen igen. Igy amiko . . .
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Cold drinks. Apparently many people felt this way because now there is a small refrigerator in the American segment. Apart from that I would have loved to have more time. If I stayed for many months I would love t . . .
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Dear Peter, we are working on the dates – keep in touch with the HAM community there, I hope there will be more opportunities this time. 73 to you and all HAMs in HA. . . .
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Dear Ella, space food these days is quite good. The biggest problem is that it needs to be storable without refrigeration and that it has to have a reasonable consistency – no crumbs in other words. I like t . . .
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Yes, I took a few small items – my passport, my first computer program, an old postcard signed by and given to me personally by Cosmonaut Pavel Popovich in 1963, and other such things. Now, being married, I . . .
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I will do much more than during the first trip – I will have more time and more skills. I appreciate the value of the station NA1SS for the ham community. Richard Garriot did such a great job that will be ha . . .
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That is a great idea but we need official permission to do this. I am working on it. We have a tiny Canon camera with spare batteries and chips that is great for taking videos. But the return is a very dynamic env . . .
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We rub down with towels that are pre-wetted with water and soap and then use other towels to dry. Instead of shampoo we use a herbal extract that is rubbed into the scalp and then wiped off. It makes for a lot of . . .
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It is a terrific feeling, a majestic view of a calm and beautiful planet. I feel very independent and dependent at the same time – can you see why? The food tastes just the same as on the ground. The “ . . .
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Hi Lauren – wish I knew. I think the brainwaves investigation is not an experiment, but it is just a diagnostic tool just looking for abnormalities. We get all these medical tests that are usually not perfor . . .
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Dear Bob. I flew the 7X in the sim to qualify for a type rating as second in command, and also did 3 takeoffs and landing in prototype #1.  I was very impressed by the ease of use and precision of fly by wire . . .
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To my knowledge there is no such research. The major current unknowns of long-term space flight – radiation and weightlessness – unfortunately would not be alleviated by suspended animation so the . . .
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My experience is with this flight so I can do it again with minimal extra training and I can be more effective than the first time. Going to the Moon would be very interesting of course, but it is for younger peop . . .
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Floating, or weightlessness can be a very pleasant sensation, not unlike diving underwater and just relaxing there briefly. If you experience it the first time, it can be also unpleasant. Your stomach jumps up a l . . .
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Dear Pif,

If you do not mind, I will answer your questions here, and feel free to use these answer in your website!

I did not want to become an astronaut until it was pointed out to me and found out fo . . .

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Thanks for your good wishes. Unfortunately it is pretty difficult to come here to Kazakhstan and to the Russian base of Baykonur. Space Adventures organizes tours for the launches. My launch will be on the 26th o . . .
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Orbital spaceflight will remain a very rare experience for the next 20-50 years, especially in countries that do not participate in one of the large space organizations such as ESA. For example, to date no Britons . . .
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Absolutely. The only way we can generate “gravity” is by spinning, and, if weightlessness is indeed the culprit in space health problems, the only way we could prove this and counter it at the same tim . . .
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Hello J.
You are referring to metal construction set parts which are the best instructional playthings. I took Marklin parts to make a small model of the space station up last time. This model and pictures . . .
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Hi Chris,
I did read up on zodiac glow after my flight and realized that it is not at all what I observed. My fellow cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhen who stayed on the station for six months has made some specta . . .
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Hej Anne. The training program has four prongs: Russian language, theory, practice on simulators and physical training. I do not have to be in “great shape” – just lots of exercise and healt . . .
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My favorite part of training is the Russian language instruction. It is a rare opportunity to study a difficult, but beautiful language with a personal professor and with a familiar area of concentration, in this . . .
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