ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer will soon be launched to the International Space Station for a six-month stay in orbit. In this podcast, he talks about his training, the differences he‘s found between the Russian and American spacesuits, the role of the new European Robotic Arm (ERA), whether he‘s packed, science and what he‘s most looking forward to during his Cosmic Kiss mission.
Note: this episode was recorded just prior to the launch of Russia‘s new MLM module, which travelled to the Station on 21 July with ERA attached to its back. Matthias is scheduled to launch as a member of Crew-3 in a SpaceX Crew Dragon no earlier than 31 October 2021.
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