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Astronaut Paolo Nespoli describes the view form space

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Tim Willcox will has conducted a rare live television interview with Paolo Nespoli, a European astronaut, currently on board the International Space Station.

Paolo Nespoli, arrived at the ISS with two other astronauts in December last year, giving the orbiting laboratory a total crew of six.

He is on a six-month mission for the Eupeopean Space Agency (ESA), which will finish in May 2011.

Mr Nespoli is serving as flight engineer for Expeditions 26 and 27 inside ESA's space laboratory "Columbus".

He described the view of Earth, and spoke about daily life aboard the ISS.

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