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Space exploration gives us a unique perspective on Earth

Interview of Luca Parmitano, astronaut

Season 1, episode 1
11 min / Published

My name is Luca Parmitano, I am an astronaut with the European Space Agency, and I flew twice to the International Space Station, in 2013 and then between 2019 and 2020. My first experience onboard was the mission “Volare” for 166 days, I flew on the Soyuz. It was called TMM09, and it was my first flight. I was a rookie so I was the flight engineer.

When we talk about responsible consumption and production (SDG 12) we can make a direct link with the International Space Station (ISS). The ISS receives all of its energy from the sun and recycles almost 95% of its water. Beyond that, space exploration gives us a unique perspective on Earth. It is the only way for us to see Earth as a unique planet. The images that we share everyday from the ISS tell the stories, either good or bad, of what we are doing to our home Planet.

  • SDG 12
  • Sustainable development
  • ISS
  • International Space Station
  • Space
  • Sustainability
  • astronaut
  • responsible consumption
  • responsible production
  • recycling water
  • ESA
  • european space agency
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