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A Geocaching Travel Bug® hitched a ride with astronaut Rick Mastracchio straight to the International Space Station! Watch for updates on his adventure.

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On board the #Soyuz Spacecraft an astronaut took the Travel Bug to the International Space Station for #spacecaching

Q: How does the machine that recycles water clean it again if was dirty before? A: We recycle all of our water. The system uses filters and also distillation. Distillation is when the dirty water is turned into gas and then back into water. This removes a lot of the impurities in the water.

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Q: What does it feel like to be in space? A: When you first get to space you don’t always feel great. It takes time for your body to adapt... Eventually your body adjusts the blood in your head and your stomach gets used to being weightless. Then you feel great and it is like you are superman. You can fly and lift thousands of pounds.

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Q: Are the beds uncomfortable? A: We sleep in sleeping bags that hang on the wall. But there is no gravity so there is no up and down. I can hang upside down all day and it does not affect me at all. Sleeping is very comfortable. It is like floating on air. Which is what I am really doing.

Q: How far above the Earth is the ISS? A: The ISS is 220 miles above the Earth.

Q: How many times a day does the International Space Station Orbit the a Earth? A: About 16 times a day.

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Q: How far will the trackable travel during it's 6 months on board the ISS? A: Something between 70 and 82 million miles (112 and 133 million km).

Astronaut Rick Mastracchio preparing for his departure to the International Space Station. He will be bringing along a Geocaching Travel Bug for #Spacecaching

Expedition 38 crew is getting ready for their mission to the International Space Station. #spacecaching

Expedition 38 Soyuz is getting ready to launch. #spacecaching

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    Fantastic job getting the kids involved with geocaching! They get to feel like they have a piece of the action in space.

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cizzors: "From Astronaut Rick Mastracchio: @AstroRM: Travel bug TB5JJN1 is at NASA JSC. Next stop Germany on its way to space."

cizzors: "Mrs. Cruess' 5th grade class from the Rotella Interdistrict Magnet School in Waterbury, Connecticut made this photograph for the crew of Expedition 38."

cizzors: "The Waterbury PAL Special Olympics Volleyball team wishes the best of luck to the crew of Expedition 38."

cizzors: "The Waterbury, Connecticut USA Police Activity League 9-11 year old Flag Football team Raiders would like to wish the crew of Expedition 38 Good Luck on their upcoming mission."

cizzors: "I received these bracelets over the weekend from the Mastracchio family to use as prizes for kids and for our event. Awesome, thanks!"

AstroRM: "In the ISS mockup with a replica of the Sochi Olympic torch."

GC1BE91: International Space Station geocache

The International Space Station Travel Bug II (TB5JJN1), by the 5th Grade Class of Chase Elementary School-Waterbury, CT.

The Expedition 38 crew. Astronaut Rick Mastracchio is third from the left in the back row.

Robert Cizauskas, aka Cizzors. Owner of the Travel Bug® that will rocket to space!