November 8, 2010

Paolo Nespoli in Milano, at the Museo della Tecnica, on 7 November 2010

It was the last and only chance for ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli to talk about the mission highlights in his home country before the launch of his MagISStra mission in mid-December.

The audience of some 300 media, invited guests and public at the Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci in Milan enjoyed Paolo telling about his upcoming mission and taking part in a 3D show giving a unique view of the International Space Station (ISS) and his training. He will use ESA's novel 3D camera to produce new impressive images of the ISS.

The Italian space ambassador was enthusiastic about the future of space exploration. "The first man travelling to Mars has already born", Nespoli said during his presentation.

"New generations present here today may become the astronauts of the future. And we are working hard to go further and to reach new destinations in our Solar System", said ESA Director of Human Spaceflight, Simonetta Di Pippo.

Paolo Nespoli will be the first Italian astronaut to spend six months in space, a challenge he is fully training for before he embarks on the Soyuz rocket towards the ISS together with his crewmates Dmitri Kondratiev and Catherine Coleman.


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