Astronaut packs for Tuesday trip to international space station

NASA’s Karen Nyberg sits in the Soyuz spacecraft that is scheduled to launch her and two other astronauts to the International Space Station on May 28. Image released on May 17, 2013Karen Nyberg / @AstroKarenN / NASA

NASA’s Karen Nyberg, the European Space Agency’s Luca Parmitano and Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin are scheduled to launch to the International Space Station on May 28, 2013. Image released May 17, 2013.NASA/Victor Zelentsov

NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg, Expedition 36/37 flight engineer, poses with the Russian Sokol spacesuit she will wear during her trip to the International Space Station. Liftoff set for May 28 (EDT), 2013.NASA

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.

– NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg

“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 the space shuttle Discovery, and it was a very, very quick trip, only 14 days and honestly, I don’t really remember a lot of it because it just flew on by so fast.”

Nyberg, 43, is planning on sharing her experiences on board the station with the world using social media, although she has only be using Twitter (where she posts from the account @AstroKarenN) for a little over a month. She is also on Pintrest with the handle: knyberg.

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Astronaut packs for Tuesday trip to international space station