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Paolo Nespoli at the launch pad
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- Title Paolo Nespoli at the launch pad
- Released 15/12/2010 8:11 pm
- Copyright ESA - S. Corvaja, 2010
ESA's astronaut Paolo Nespoli, captured here at the launch pad walking towards his Soyuz rocket, was launched in a Soyuz TMA-20 spacecraft from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on 15 December at 20:09 CET with Dmitri Kondratyev and Catherine Coleman for a challenging 6-month mission on the International Space Station (ISS) as members of Expeditions 26/27.
Paolo’s MagISStra mission is Europe’s third long-duration mission on the ISS. Between December 2010 and June 2011 he will be part of the ISS crew as a flight engineer.