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    NASA astronaut Catherine Coleman, who will take off for the International Space Station (ISS) on December 15, jokingly asked the head of Russia's state corporation Roscosmos for permission to take her son with her.

    NASA astronaut Catherine Coleman, who will take off for the International Space Station (ISS) on December 15, jokingly asked the head of Russia's state corporation Roscosmos for permission to take her son with her.

    The Soyuz TMA-20 will deliver Russian cosmonaut Dmitry Kondratyev, Italian Paolo Nespoli and Coleman to the ISS for 152 days.

    "Our difference in weight with Paolo Nespoli is 40 kilograms, and my son weighs just 37 kilograms. Maybe in order to make better use of space, you would allow me take my 10-year-old son - it's his wish," Coleman told Anatoly Perminov.

    "Your son is already an adult. He would have to have his own spacesuit. This is good that he has a desire [to travel to space]. Perhaps he will fly after you, but not now. Your son may easily fly by 2020 [expected date of the end of the ISS] - this is actual," Perminov said.

    MOSCOW, December 1 (RIA Novosti) 

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