Arrival at the aerospace medicine research facility :envihab, © DLR
After his journey from the international space station ISS via Kazakhstan back to Cologne, Luca Parmitano arrived safely at :envihab last night. The DLR/ESA team was pleased that he survived both his stay in weightlessness and his return to Earth so well, and immediately began the investigations and measurements in the so-called Direct Return. Parmitano will now spend the next three weeks at the aerospace medicine research facility :envihab. Together with the scientists and doctors, he will carry out a large number of investigations on behalf of ESA, NASA and other space organisations, as well as DLR's own tests. In addition to taking blood samples and measuring bone density, he will also undergo further medical tests, including MRI scans, various eye examinations and stress tests to check his state of health and fitness. Luca Parmitano's Direct Return scientific experiments include studies of the effects of space travel on his energy metabolism, immune function and intestinal microbiota, cardiovascular properties, brain function and structure, vestibular balance and maximum endurance performance.
Ancora buon ristoro e buona fortuna per la tua missione, Luca!
Luca Parmitano moves into :envihab, his new home for the next 3 weeks, © DLR