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Shared experiences of isolation in cold space

4 Oct 2013, 11:34 UTC
Shared experiences of isolation in cold space
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Antonio Litterio and the Concordia crew talked with ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano on the International Space Station last week. The Concordia crew, surrounded by 600 km of white space share their experiences with Luca, surrounded by infinite black space. As always Antonio suggests you listen to music by Roberto Cacciapaglia as you read his experience:

On 20 September, our reality was confronted by another reality in a unique isolated location. At 19:50 an unusual place shows on the screen in our living room , it is a small space and a person floats freely right in the centre of it. It is Luca Parmitano, the Italian astronaut currently on a mission on the International Space Station.
Floating. Credits: IPEV/PNRA-A Litterio
We were all listening to him speaking in perfect English, amazed and astonished at seeing a person floating upside-down or stretched out in mid-air. But at that moment I felt the urge to cut myself off from everything. I kept hearing his voice in the background and our voices that filled the room,and I started to think about the similarities between our two experiences. Fifteen people on the Antarctic ice compared with six floating in space. Both experiencing realities that ...

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