Italy's first ISS astronaut sends UN a message from space station about climate change

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A plea to reduce carbon emissions on Earth has come from more than 250 miles above.

Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano, who is aboard the International Space Station, released a video to the United Nations calling for swift action to to combat global warming --- stating 'there is absolutely no place like home'.

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The astronaut emphasized the need to act now and work together to stop climate change, noting the changes are causing apples in Maldives to disappear, glaciers to shrink in the arctic and temperatures to rise in Europe.

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Parmitano arrived at the International Space Station on his 'Beyond' mission in July, as part of Expedition 60.

Parmitano and crewmates, NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan and Russian cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov, traveled six hours in their Soyuz MS-13 spacecraft to reach the ISS.

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They were launched into space from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on 20 July and docked to the station the following day.

Over the next six months, Parmitano will support more than 50 European experiments as well as 200 international experiments.

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These include investigations into how aspects of the human body are affected by microgravity and how astronauts could control robots remotely during lunar exploration.

And when Parmitano was asked by a child before heading to space which planet he would most like to explore as an astronaut, his answer was simple: Earth.

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'From up here, the answer is clearer than ever,' Parmitano, who is also the first-ever Italian space station commander, said in a video from the European Space Agency.

'There is absolutely no place like home.'

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In the video, Parmitano addressed leaders attending the United Nations Climate Summit, which took place in New York on Sept. 23.

He stressed the importance of officials acting now and working together to combat climate change, as there is physical evidence that the world is changing for the worst.

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