ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano is about to be launched to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
The six-month Beyond mission will be the Italian astronaut's second flight to the Space Station.
He will be conducting an extensive series of scientific experiments and has multiple spacewalks planned to repair the antimatter hunter Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer-02. During the second half of his expedition, Luca will become the third European commander of the Space Station.
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