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Astronaut packs for Tuesday trip to international space station

An American astronaut is about to get seriously crafty in space.When NASA's Karen Nyberg, the European Space Agency's Luca Parmitano and Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin officially launch on board a Russian Soyuz spacecraft to the International Space Station on May 28, the American astronaut will bring a few key creative items with her."I actually enjoy sewing and quilting and I am bringing some fabric with me and thread and I'm hoping to create something," Nyberg said. "I don't know yet what it will be but that's part of creativity is that it comes with the feeling of the day so I have the supplies in my hands to create if I get the opportunity and the creative notion to do so." [ Women in Space: A Gallery of Firsts (Photos) ]Although the six-month-stint will be Nyberg's longest in space, it is not her first time visiting the International Space Station."I'm looking forward to the most this time actually living there," Nyberg told SPACE.com. "I visited the space station in 2008 on ...

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