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Déjà vu: image of the week

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This week’s #IOTW shows European astronaut Andreas Mogensen during a ‘fit-check’ of the Soyuz TMA-18M spacecraft, ready for his trip next week.

Credit: Energia/ ESA
Credit: Energia/ ESA

Mogensen, Sergei Volkov and Aidyn Aimbetov will be departing from Baikonur, Kazakhstan at 05:34 BST (2 September 2015) and will arrive at the ISS 48 hours later.

This trip to the ISS will also include two kilograms of rocket (salad) seeds as part of British ESA astronaut Tim Peake’s six-month Principia mission.

After several months on board the station, orbiting the planet at 17,000mph, the seeds will be returned to Earth and sent to the participating children, alongside a batch of the same seeds that have stayed on Earth. Over the following months everyone will grow and compare their seeds, to discover whether space travel has had an impact on their growth.

Read more about Rocket Science.

“I feel like I’ve heard this before”

You’re right; you have (kind of).

The seeds were scheduled to travel to the ISS in June on the SpaceX-7 flight. Due to unfortunate circumstances, they didn’t quite make it.

It’s now only 108 days until British ESA astronaut Tim Peake swaps Earth as his home for the ISS for 6 months. Make sure to keep updated by subscribing to the Tim Peake newsletter and following us on Twitter!

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