18.02.2013 - ESA-Astronaut Luca Parmitano visited Col-CC before his flight to the ISS

From left to right, Flight Directors Dennis Herrmann and Gustav Oeffenberger, Luca Parmitano, and Flight Controllers Andrew Caldwell and Anna Paterakis, standing in front of the recently attached plaques. (Photo G. Zoeschinger)
On 18.2.2013, the ESA astronaut, Luca Parmitano, visited the Columbus Control Center at DLR, Oberpfaffenhofen, in advance of leaving for his research period on the International Space Station. The responsible flight director, Cesare Capararo, welcomed him and organized, together with the ESA Mission Director, Roland Luettgens, various meetings with the astronaut in which the future cooperation between Luca and "his ISS Control Center" was defined. As part of the programme, there was naturally also a visit to the control room team on duty, during which Luca took the opportunity for a short chat with the crew currently on-board the ISS - to useful effect: the astronauts declared that newcomers must bring their socks themselves and those of the current crew would be thrown away ... this amusing intermezzo led to a further point in the programme: the two flight controllers, Andrew Caldwell and Anna Paterakis were praised for their excellent work by Flight Directors, Dennis Herrmann and Gustav Oeffenberger, and elected to ceremoniously hang up the emblems of the ISS Expeditions 31 and 32 in the control room. Parmitano congratulated them both and helped them to attach the plaques. He emphasized in a subsequent, short speech that he was looking forward to the future collaboration. Parmitano will be travelling to space for the first time, he was chosen in 2009 as one of six, new, ESA astronauts and is the first of the "new ones" to be selected to spend a half-year period on the ISS.

360° photo: In the control room K4, there is already an impressive collection of mission plaques on the walls. (Photo: G. Zoeschinger)

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