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Italian astronaut pens her first logbook entry from space

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Lots of people keep a diary or a daily logbook. But not many can claim to write one from space.

Yet that's exactly what Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti is doing. Cristoforetti represents the European Space Agency on Expedition 42, the three-person team -- consisting also of American astronaut Terry Virts and cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov -- that launched aboard a Russian Soyuz capsule on Sunday afternoon and docked with the station later that day.

Samantha and her crewmates joined three others aboard the space station, and they expect to remain there for six months.

Back in September, WDRB spoke with Cristoforetti and she expressed her interest in writing a daily logbook from the space station, noting that some of her influences included French aviation-philosopher Antoine de Saint-Exupery and Italian author Italo Calvino.

Click here to read that interview.

"My goal, really, is to go back to a daily logbook while I'm on board [the space station]," she said in September. "I'm sure I'll skip a day once in a while, but my goal is really to write a little bit every day of what's going on, about my adaptation – a little bit describing the process that I told you about, and then of course, just telling the story of what is going on up there."

On Monday, Cristoforetti posted her first logbook entry after docking with the space station -- and her excitement was palpable. 

"Wow, wow, wow!" she wrote. "It's 22:00 here on the International Space Station (we're on GMT time), I'm approaching the end of my first day in space and I cannot even begin to describe the experience of the past 30 hours or so. Really, I don't know."

She goes on to describe her first impressions of the station.

"The first clumsy attempts at 'flying,'  having our first meal, Butch [astronaut Barry Wilmore] giving us the toilet brief, Terry [Virts] calling me to watch a sunrise from the Cupola...and so many more impressions," she wrote. "It will take my brain days to process it all and I promise I will share as much as I can!"

To read the logbook entry, which is posted on Cristoforetti's Google+ account, click here.

In September, Virts told WDRB he believes his crew will be the best of all previous space station crews.

"I'm biased," Virts laughed. "But I think our crew is the best. We have just a great group of people with Samantha and Anton in our Soyuz. Samantha is an amazing person. She is just unbelievably smart. She speaks all these languages. Everything she does, she does great. And Anton and I get along really well."

Click here to view our interview with Terry Virts.

Click here for Terry Virts' Twitter page.

"Hopefully, we'll be remembered for being an awesome crew that the ground teams enjoyed working with, that got the space station in even better shape than when we got there and that accomplished some amazing science," he added in another WDRB interview.

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