Dutch astronaut André Kuipers took a break today from his work schedule to conduct media interviews with two Dutch TV stations. Floating inside the European Columbus laboratory, André also answered questions sent in by viewers.
He explained how his work is very varied on board the International Space Station, with tasks in many of the different modules. He is settling into life on board the orbital outpost and described how the sunsets and sunrises are some of his favourite things to look at when he has some free time to look out one of the Station’s windows.
Kuipers will stay this time five months in space. He will returns to earth on May 16. Kuipers is the third astronaut from the Netherlands. Dr. Ockels and Louis van den Berg had been one week in space in 1985.