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10.10.2015
Earth from Space – the perfect beauty – Aidyn Aimbetov

MOSCOW. Star city. Kazinform - During the press conference that was held after the flight at the Cosmonauts training center (CTC) the commander of the 44-45th Expedition to the International Space Station Gennady Padalka, flight engineer of the visiting expedition (VE-18) Aidyn Aimbetov (Kazcosmos) and flight engineer of VE-18 Andreas Mogensen (European Space agency) told about the outcome of their space flight. 

It is to be recalled that the crew returned to Earth on September 12, 2015, the rehabilitation period after the flight lasted nearly a month. 

Gennady Padalka after this mission, the fifth longest mission to ISS, is the world record holder for total length of stay in orbit - 878 days. For Aidyn and Andreas it was the first space flight, which lasted almost 10 days. 

Talking about his work in orbit, Gennady Padalka said that he had his own extensive research program, which amounted for about 40% of the work time, he also took part in the experiments of the participants of the annual flight of Mikhail Korniyenko and Scott Kelly. «In bried, I remember the fluidshift experiment, examining the movement of fluid in the body. This experiment was prepared by our partners, and the realization was possible thanks to «Chibis» costume» - he said. 

Kazakh cosmonaut Aidyn Aimbetov said that in orbit he conducted a series of scientific experiments for the Republic of Kazakhstan, including «Hurricane», «Relaxation», «Coulon crystal» and others. «With the help of Russian colleagues, we conducted a study of the biochemical composition of the blood. The results says that the composition of the blood changes due to the stay in the space» - said Aidyn Aimbetov. 

The mission program of Andreas Mogensen included 15 experiments, most of which are related to the research of reactions of an organism to microgravity, as well as contributing to the development of new technologies. According to the information of the Danish astronaut, he remembered the most an experiment where he remotely controlled two robots, located in theNetherlands. «The results will help to study the surface of the Moon, Mars and other planets» - said Mogensen. 

The largest block of questions was dedicated to the astronauts impressions while in orbit. For example, Gennady Padalka said that romance and impressions for him were mostly during the first flight, and the fifth expedition was more working and professional mission. 

«Zero gravity is tranquility. Before the flight, I heard a lot from astronauts that view on the Earth from Space is divine. When I first saw the Earth through the illuminator, I realized that this was the ideal beauty»- Kazakhstani cosmonaut Aidyn Aimbetov sincerely shared his feelings on his first flight. 

According to Andreas Mogensen, for whom this was also the first space flight, «it was an unique experience, and it was a great honor and a great pleasure to work with anyone who was at the station»: 

When asked about intentions to beat his personal record in Space, Padalka expressed his personal willingness participate in the sixth expedition. 

Speaking about his attitude to the initiatives of sending cosmonauts to Mars one way, without a return to the Earth, Aidyn Aimbetov considers the Mars mission to be a unique space mission, as it opens the unknown. «I consider that any cosmonaut will agree to be the part of such mission, howeber with the return to the Earth I would rather fly «to Mars and back» - said Aimbetov.

At the end of the post-flight conference the cosmonauts stated that they fully implemented their space program. Gennady Padalka, Aidyn Aimbetov and Andreas Mogensen expressed their gratitude to their countries, colleagues, friend on the ISS, space industry professionals, scientists, friend and family, as they all contributed to the successful space flight.

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