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Τρίτη, 24 Μαΐου 2011


Arrived in the International Space StationΔΕΙΤΕ ΠΑΝΩ ΑΠΟ 700 ΕΙΚΟΝΕΣ ΠΑΡΑΚΑΤΩ
Eίναι ένας από τους έξι αστροναύτες της τελευταίας αποστολής προς το Διεθνή Διαστημικό Σταθμό, και ο μόνος Ευρωπαίος. Ξεκίνησε το ταξίδι του τον περασμένο Δεκέμβριο, και θα επιστρέψει πίσω στη Γη μετά από έξι μήνες, το Μάιο του 2011.

O Ιταλός αστροναύτης Paolo Nespoli, λίγο μετά την άφιξή του στο Διεθνή Διαστημικό Σταθμό, άρχισε μία σειρά από πειράματα στις συνθήκες μικροβαρύτητας που επικρατούν στο διάστημα, πειράματα που είναι αδύνατο να πραγματοποιηθούν στην επιφάνεια της Γης.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/magisstra/sets/72157625636062924/

Αλλά και ο ίδιος είναι αντικείμενο μελέτης που σκοπό έχει να δώσει απάντηση στο ερώτημα πως το ανθρώπινο σώμα προσαρμόζεται στις συνθήκες που επικρατούν στο διάστημα, μία απάντηση που θα μας φέρει ένα βήμα πιο κοντά σε ένα ταξίδι στον πλανήτη Άρη.

Το καθημερινό του πρόγραμμα περιλαμβάνει, επίσης, σειρά εργασιών συντήρησης του Σταθμού. Τους τελευταίους μήνες, το Διεθνή Διαστημικό Σταθμό επισκέφτηκαν διαστημικά λεωφορεία με εφόδια και εξοπλισμό από την Αμερική, την Ευρώπη, την Ιαπωνία και τη Ρωσία.

Ωστόσο, παρά το βαρύ του πρόγραμμα, ο Ιταλός αστροναύτης πάντα βρίσκει χρόνο για μία βόλτα από το γυάλινο θόλο του Σταθμού και την αγαπημένη ενασχόλησή του, τη φωτογραφία. Μέσα από τα επτά μεγάλα παράθυρά του, το παρατηρητήριο Cupola προσφέρει μοναδική θέα προς το διάστημα, αλλά και τη Γη.

Μέχρι σήμερα έχει προσπαθήσει και πολλές φορές καταφέρει να εντοπίσει τόπους που θα ήθελε να φωτογραφίσει, ανάμεσα τους και η Ελλάδα με τα μυριάδες μικρά νησιά της, σπαρμένα στο απέραντο γαλάζιο της Μεσογείου.

Μία ξεχωριστή εικόνα της Ανάφης στις παρυφές των Κυκλάδων ήταν η πρώτη που έστειλε ο Paolo Nespoli. Η εικόνα από το μικρό αυτό κυκλαδίτικο νησί κοσμεί την ελληνική πύλη της ESA που ξεκίνησε το ταξίδι της στο διάστημα μαζί με τον Ιταλό αστροναύτη, πριν από περίπου τέσσερις μήνες.

Την περασμένη εβδομάδα, το φωτογραφικό βλέμμα του σταμάτησε για μία ακόμα φορά στην ελληνική πολυνησία με τα αμέτρητα μικρά και μεγάλα νησιά, σε δύο ακόμα γωνιές των Κυκλάδων, τη Νάξο και τη Σαντορίνη.

Η πρώτη μοιάζει εξαιρετικά απρόσιτη σε κάθε εξωτερικό εχθρό. Γερή σαν κάστρο ορθώνεται στο κέντρο του Αιγαίου πελάγους. Το νησιωτικό σύμπλεγμα της Σαντορίνης, από την άλλη, ήταν ανέκαθεν υποταγμένο στο ηφαίστιο της.

Δεν μένει πια παρά να αναμένουμε τη συνέχεια της ξεχωριστής αυτής φωτογραφικής περιπλάνησης.

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Swollen Mississippi River near Memphis (3/3)
Swollen Mississippi River near Memphis (2/3)
Swollen Mississippi River near Memphis (1/3)
Kolkata, India
Vesuvio, Italia
Quebec, Canada
Canada, Montreal
Canada, Montreal
Mississippi River flooding (4/4)
Mississippi River flooding (3/4)
Mississippi River flooding (2/4)
Mississippi River flooding (1/4)
Pisa, Italia
Capri, Italia
Filicudi, Italia
Vulcano, Italia
Téboulba and Bekalta, Tunisia
The United Kingdom
Gargano, Italia
Belluno e il Lago di Santa Croce, Italia
Lago di Garda e Verona, Italia
Lago di Garda, Italia
Parco Nazionale dell'Appennino Tosco Emiliano, Italia
La Spezia, Italia
Nice, France
Barcelona & Terrassa, Spain
Cyprus / Cipro
Lake Huron, USA
Lake Powell, Utah, USA
Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA
Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA
Santa Monica, California, USA
Cologne, Germany
Cologne/Bonn airport, Germany (EAC to lower right of airport)
Cologne, Germany
Ponce, Puerto Rico
Tel Aviv and Jerusalem
Cairo, Egypt
Riobamba, Ecuador
Cuenca, Ecuador
Sechura, Peru
Chelkar, Kazachstan / Kazakistan
What do you think? / Cosa ne pensate?
Emi Koussi caldera, Chad / il Ciad
Maiduguri, Nigeria
Trabzon, Turkey / Turchia
El Alamein, Egypt / Egitto
Barcelona, Spain
All roads lead to Rome... er Madrid
Xuzhou, China / Cina
Xinyang, China / Cina
Algeria, southern region
China, western region
China, western region
Delhi, India
Rewari, India
Ship, Indian Ocean
Teresina, Brazil
Santiago del Estero, Argentina
Starry night / Notte stellata?
Jeju Island, South Korea / Corea del Sud
Beijing, China
Juan de Nova Island, Madagascar
Moon. Are there clouds over the ISS?
Aurora Borealis
Aurora Borealis
Edmonton, Canada
Aurora Borealis
Aurora Borealis
Aurora Borealis
Dinner and movie for Yuri's Night!




Moce & Karoni, Fiji
Lake Frome, South Australia
Lake Gairdner, Australia (3/3)
Lake Gairdner, Australia (2/3)
Lake Gairdner, Australia (1/3)
Prominent Hill mine, South Australia
Lake Cadibarrawirracanna, South Australia
Mount Conner, Northern Territories, Australia
Petermann Ranges, Northern Territories, Australia
Western Australia, near Lake Willis
King Sound coastline, Western Australia
Kimberley coastline, Western Australia
Mount Taranaki/Mount Egmont, New Zealand
Elisabeth Reef, near Lord Howe Island, Tasman Sea
Middleton Reef, near Lord Howe Island, Tasman Sea
Brisbane, Australia
Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
Hervey Bay, Queensland, Australia
Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia
River meets ocean near Rockhampton, Australia
Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Townsville, Queensland, Australia
Cairns, Queensland, Australia
New Caledonia, South Pacific
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Rio Paraná, Argentina
Mining field, northern Chile
Arica, Chile
Pampa Sitana, Peru
Lima, Peru
Lima, Peru
Iztaccíhuatl and Popocatépetl, Mexico
Toluca de Lerdo, Mexico
Guadalajara, Mexico
Durango, Mexico
Culiacan, Mexico / Messico
The Nile, Sudan
Khartoum, Sudan
The Nile and Khartoum, Sudan
The Nile, Sudan
Rivers of sand on border between Libya, Egypt and Sudan
Egypt, desert (just regular desert)
"Braille alphabet" in the Libyan desert (2/2)
"Braille alphabet" in the Libyan desert (1/2)
"Star Constellation" in Libyan desert
East Sicily, Italy
Sardegna, Italy
Ibusuki and Yamagawa, Japan
Mount Fuji, Japan
Vitória and Vila Velha, Brazil
Cumaná, Venezuela
Barcelona and Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela
Caracas and coastal towns, Venezuela
Caracas, Venezuela
Port-au-Prince, Haiti
South Point Park, Hawaii, USA
North Lake, Dallas, Texas, USA
West Dallas, Texas, USA
'Japanese Garden', Sudan
Which east African capital city?
Cosigüina volcano, Nicaragua
Which Central American capital city?
Mexico's 'beautiful town'...
Chalki and Alimia, Greece
Agathonisi, Greece
Thessaloniki, Greece
Pula, Croatia
Rovinj and Vrsar, Croatia
Venice, Italy
Toscolano-Maderno, Bornico and Barbano - Garda Lake, Italy
Eritrea, Djibouti, Yemen
Sudan, Red Sea









































Sunset over Saudi Arabia
Clouds #4
Clouds #3
Al Basayta, Jawf, Saudi Arabia
Islands of the central Dalmatian archipelago
Costal area, Croatia and Bosnia & Herzegovina
Krk and Cres in the Kvarner Gulf, Croatia
Gulf of Gaeta, Italy
Tyrrhenian Coast to south of Anzio, Italy
Central Italy on the Tyrrhenian Coast
Argentario & Isola del Giglio, Tuscany, Italy
Central Tuscany, Italy
Elba Island, Italy
Garda Lake, Italy
Lake area, northern Italy
Lake Como, Italy
Another European Capital. Which one?
In which US state is this distinctive coastline?
Kings, Queens, Nassau and Suffolk...
Norfolk & Chesapeake Bay, Virginia, USA
Wilmington, North Carolina, USA
Wilmington & Onslow Bay, NC, USA
Charleston, South Carolina, USA
Ciudad del Carmen, Yucatan, Mexico
Leipzig, Germany
Snowcapped mountains, northern Italy
Puerto Rico, USA
The 'eye of Quebec' or could it be modern art?
Landscape in Libya 3/3
Landscape in Libya 2/3
Landscape in Libya 1/3
Clouds #2
Clouds #1
Menorca, Spain
Majorca, Spain
Ibiza, Spain
Sunset #2
Sunset #1
Criss-crossing jets over Albania
Which two cities in Normandy, France?
Which South American city?
A haircut in space!
Another acrobatic haircut
Strait of Gibraltar
Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Playa de Castilla
Duluth, Minnesota, USA
Minneapolis - Saint Paul, USA
Lake McConaughy, NE, USA
Central Colorado, USA
What do you see here? Clue: This is in Arizona, USA!
Which crater?
Located in northeastern Sonoran Desert
Islas de la Guarda e Tiburon, Mexico
Bahia Sebastian Vizcaino, Mexico
Isla de Guadalupe, Mexico
Earth and Moon
Must get quite sandy in this French coastal town...
Capital of Jilin province
Astana, Kazakhstan
Gulf of Iskenderun, Turkey
Bay of Fethiye, Turkey
Lycian region, Turkey
Bay of Finike, Turkey
Which city in New Zealand?
Sydney, Australia
Antalya, Turkey
Aircraft contrails 2
Aircraft contrails 1
Lake Acraman, Australia
Cape Wondoma and Cape Blanche, Australia
Encounter Bay & Coffin Bay, Australia
The giant is awakened! Sicily and Mount Etna (2/3)
Isla Roatan, Honduras
The Switzerland of the Middle East. Which capital city?
Another strait. Which one?
Pisa and surroundings. Can you spot the leaning tower?
Portofino cape in northern Italy
Genova, Italia
Bafra Burnu, Turkey
Sunny winter day in The Netherlands!
Checking out our Crew Care Packages arrived with HTV
Station: “Grapple completed, Kounotori is grappled!”
MCC-Houston: “Station, you have a GO for grapple!”
HTV-2, we are ready for you!
HTV-2, we are ready for you!
Mouth of Guanabara Bay, Brazil
Blue ocean
Blue ocean
Blue ocean
Blue ocean
Scott wrestling with the Japanese anaconda!
What is it?
Questa è per voi!
Another link with Las Vegas, this time a town in Italy...
Blue ocean
Central Tuscany, Italy
Elba and Piombino, Italy
Pisa e Livorno, Italia
Italian Riviera
Le Cinque Terre
Italian Riviera: Genoa to Portofino
View of partially frozen lake on China's Tibetan plateau
Lake Bairab, China
Frozen river landscape, Kazakhstan
Cabo Frio, Brazil
Rio São Francisco, Brazil
Nueva Esparta, Venezuela
To which country does this Caribbean island belong?
Which island in the Caribbean?
Which Greek island, without snakes?
Buongiorno Brianza!
The spacewalk suits also need to rest and recharge!
Never tried writing blindfolded while floating?
Samarinda & Delta of Mahakam, Indonesia
Mekong Delta, Vietnam
Phu Kao - Phu Phan Kham National Park, Thailand
Putting things away...
Gran Sasso, Italy
Playing pingpong with the Moon!
Moonrise
Looking inside the eye
Preparing for Friday's spacewalk
Sunset #4
Clouds #6
Sunset #3
Clouds #5
Restigouche & Matapedia, Canada
Masirah Island, Oman
Fars Region, Iran
Bandar Imām Khomeinī, southern Iran
Which Middle East city?
Border area Kuwait, Iraq & Iran
A river and a lake. Close to which capital city?
Euphrates River, Iraq
Elâzığ Province, Turkey
Bucarest by day!
This time I am certain: Munich, Germany!
Munich, Germany
The Rhine traces the French-German border
River Rhine traces French-German border just south of Strasbourg
Which city on the Emerald Isle?
Lough Neagh, Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland and the Irish Sea
Which west coast city in Ireland?
Leonardo installed on ISS
Steve Bowen and Al Drew working outside the ISS
It’s a good day for spacewalking
Hello Discovery!
To me it looks like a mountain pointing to the sky
The nose and eyes of Discovery
The eyes of the eagle. Or it’s Batman’s hood?
The ISS casts a shadow on Discovery
Discovery approaches for docking
Part of Discovery's cargo, the Permanent Multipurpose Module, Leonardo
Discovery's welcoming committee
Got the goodies from ATV
ATV hatch is open, everything is under control!
Just about to open ATV’s hatch
Docking is complete!
ATV docking to ISS under the watchful eye of the Moon
ATV at about 20 km from ISS
@Astro_Cady uses the syringe!
Preparing for the final phase of ATV docking
ATV Johannes Kepler approaches for docking
This is where we will sit to monitor ATV
Athens, Greece
Milano, Italia
Paris, France
It's a can crusher!
What's this?
We have a little plant...
Preparing for ATV
Clouds...
Clouds / Nuvole ...
Cyclone Dianne forms off the northwest coast of Australia
Cyclone Dianne forms off the northwest coast of Australia
Cyclone Dianne forms off the northwest coast of Australia
Moving HTV to a new docking port
Moving HTV to a new docking port
We actually saw the ATV launch!
We actually saw the ATV launch!
Clouds...
What do you see here?
Earth view (over Brazil, near French Guyana)
This is Major Tom (ehm.... Paolo). Ground Control, thank you for the pizza!
Defensores del Chaco National Park, Paraguay
Parque Nacional Los Glaceres, Argentina
What's this?
Concordia, Argentina and Salto, Uruguay
Paraná, Argentina
Licancabur and Juriques with Laguna Verde
Salar de Talabre, Chile / Cile
Chuquicamata copper mine, Chile
Clouds at sunset (1/4)
Clouds at sunset (3/4)
Clouds at sunset (2/4)
Clouds at sunset (4/4)
Chile's Pacific jewel...
Bari, Italy
Reggio di Calabria / Messina, Italy
Catania and Etna, Italy
Palermo, Italy
Tunis, Tunisia
Mar del Plata, Argentina
Bahia Anegada, Argentina
Bahia Anegada, Argentina
Bahia Anegada, Argentina
Bahia Anegada, Argentina
Necochea, Argentina
Olavarria, Argentina
Carhue, Argentina
Which city close to Santa Rosa, Argentina?
Which two volcanoes in the Andes?
Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
Geneva and Lausanne, Switzerland
Lyon, France
France, Switzerland, Italy border
Toulouse, France
Bordeaux, France
Zaragoza, Spain
Madrid, Spain
Seville region, Spain
Lisbon, Portugal
Puglie - Brindisi e Lecce
Taranto, Italy
Cosenza, Italy
Calabria, Italy - Cosenza, Catanzaro, Crotone
Happy Valentine's to everybody down there!
Astana, Kazakhstan
Geographically this capital city is in Europe. Which one?
Rome, Italy
Barcelona, Spain
Po Valley, Italy
San Quintín Glacier, Chile
Cairo, Egypt
Cairo, Egypt
Kiev, Ukraine
Belgrade, Serbia
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Split, Croatia
Napoli, Italy
Rome, Italy
It's our food warmer!
Looks like a spider web. Which Asian capital?
A drinking straw with tap
What is this?
What is this?
Northern Italy
Central and southern Italy
Coast between Tarragona and Barcelona
Barcelona, Spain
Valencia, Spain
Madrid, Spain
Spain and Portugal by night
Tenerife, Spain
Gran Canaria, Spain
The Moon follows us...
Which city straddling Europe and Asia?
Rome and surroundings
Cyclone Yasi seen from above
Again the Aurora Borealis. Spectacular!
Kerkennah Islands, Tunisia
Mediterranean island. Which one?
Beijing, China
Tianjin, China
View in South America. Which river, capital city, nation?
Houston, manoeuvre complete!
GO for HTV External Pallet extraction
Houston, everything is ready
The Moon said hello
Scene over Tietê River, to northwest of São Paolo, Brazil 1/3
Scene over Tietê River, to northwest of São Paolo, Brazil 3/3
Scene over Tietê River, to northwest of São Paolo, Brazil 2/3
Naval Air Station Key West, Florida
Marquesas Keys, Florida
45.7E 5.1N ?
Desert, Somalia (4/4)
Desert, Somalia (1/4)
Desert, Somalia (2/4)
Desert, Somalia (3/4)
Nabro volcano, Eritrea
Milda, Eritrea
Automatic Russian Cargo Vehicle 'Progress' 41P arriving at the ISS
Progress 41P in arrival
Leonardo installed on ISS
Steve Bowen and Al Drew working outside the ISS
It’s a good day for spacewalking
Hello Discovery!
To me it looks like a mountain pointing to the sky
The nose and eyes of Discovery
The eyes of the eagle. Or it’s Batman’s hood?
The ISS casts a shadow on Discovery
Discovery approaches for docking
Part of Discovery's cargo, the Permanent Multipurpose Module, Leonardo
Discovery's welcoming committee
Got the goodies from ATV
ATV hatch is open, everything is under control!
Just about to open ATV’s hatch
Docking is complete!
ATV docking to ISS under the watchful eye of the Moon
ATV at about 20 km from ISS
@Astro_Cady uses the syringe!
Preparing for the final phase of ATV docking
ATV Johannes Kepler approaches for docking
This is where we will sit to monitor ATV
Athens, Greece
Milano, Italia
Paris, France
It's a can crusher!
What's this?
We have a little plant...
Preparing for ATV
Clouds...
Clouds / Nuvole ...
Cyclone Dianne forms off the northwest coast of Australia
Cyclone Dianne forms off the northwest coast of Australia
Cyclone Dianne forms off the northwest coast of Australia
Moving HTV to a new docking port
Moving HTV to a new docking port
We actually saw the ATV launch!
We actually saw the ATV launch!
Clouds...
What do you see here?
Earth view (over Brazil, near French Guyana)
This is Major Tom (ehm.... Paolo). Ground Control, thank you for the pizza!
Defensores del Chaco National Park, Paraguay
Parque Nacional Los Glaceres, Argentina
What's this?
Concordia, Argentina and Salto, Uruguay
Paraná, Argentina
Licancabur and Juriques with Laguna Verde
Salar de Talabre, Chile / Cile
Chuquicamata copper mine, Chile
Clouds at sunset (1/4)
Clouds at sunset (3/4)
Clouds at sunset (2/4)
Clouds at sunset (4/4)
Chile's Pacific jewel...
Bari, Italy
Reggio di Calabria / Messina, Italy
Catania and Etna, Italy
Palermo, Italy
Tunis, Tunisia
Mar del Plata, Argentina
Bahia Anegada, Argentina
Bahia Anegada, Argentina
Bahia Anegada, Argentina
Bahia Anegada, Argentina
Necochea, Argentina
Olavarria, Argentina
Carhue, Argentina
Which city close to Santa Rosa, Argentina?
Which two volcanoes in the Andes?
Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
The cranes will fly back to Earth with HTV
These are our extraterrestrial cranes, a symbol of hope
These are our extraterrestrial cranes, a symbol of hope
With Dmitry & @astro_cady in HTV2 at the hatch closing ceremony
Guinea Bissau, Senegal, Gambia
Greece and Turkey
Greece
Patras, Greece
Italy
Italy
Europe, the Alps
Paris region, France
English Channel
Ireland
Clearlake region (NASA/JSC at top centre), Texas, USA
USA, west Texas - what is this?
Saudi Arabia, southern desert
Serres, Greece
Bar, Montenegro
Jetliner over Croatia
Venice, Italy
Paris, France
Dublin, Ireland
India, near Patna
India, near Kanpur
Venice, Italy
Orléans, France
#Supermoon was spectacular from here!
Moon and Earth
#Supermoon rise seen from space (6/6)
#Supermoon rise seen from space (5/6)
#Supermoon rise seen from space (4/6)
#Supermoon rise seen from space (3/6)
#Supermoon rise seen from space (2/6)
#Supermoon rise seen from space (1/6)
Islands in Red Sea, near Jizan, Saudi Arabia
Coastline near Hanak and Tawala, Saudi Arabia
Dead Sea
Sinai Peninsula
Santorini, Greece
Naxos, Greece
Paros and Antiparos, Greece
Milos, Kimolos and Poliagos, Greece
Cyclades Islands, Greece
Berlin, Germany
Manhattan, New York, USA
Buon compleanno Italia!
I see a pointy nose girl with white lipstick
Enjoy the ride back home!
For a moment we had 2 @AstroRobonaut
After Discovery leaves, HTV is relocated
Don’t drop it now!
HTV during relocation
MCC-H...Who's watching who?
Discovery departing ISS, now a star between others
Discovery goes zenith of ISS
Discovery, over central Morocco during the ISS fly around before departure
Discovery, over southern Morocco during the ISS fly around before departure
Discovery, over Western Sahara during the ISS fly around before departure
Sao Nocolau, Cabo Verde
Which leeward island of a green archipelago?
Santiago, Cabo Verde
With @StationCDRKelly closing the ISS hatches before Discovery's departure
Signing and stamping the crew notebook
The gateway to Mecca
What is Alexander doing? Playing Robonaut?
Robonaut gets moved from PMM to the Lab
Steve Bowen takes a picture while spacewalking (1/3)
Here’s the picture Steve Bowen took (2/3)
You take a picture of me, I take a picture of you! (3/3)
Cupola, our window on the world
Crews of Expedition 26 and STS-133 inside Leonardo!








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