Latest Bernardo Patti Stories

2011-03-18 07:10:00

In a two-day council meeting of the European Space Agency (ESA) at its Paris-based headquarters, the European council officially agreed on an extension of operations at the International Space Station (ISS) through 2020. Member states of ESA also stepped up financing for the next two years to keep up their commitments at the ISS. Bernardo Patti, ESA's space station manager, said the agreement is a significant development. "This is the formal acceptance from the member states that the space...

2007-10-19 11:54:42

Preparations of the European Columbus laboratory took an important step earlier this week with the final closure of the module's hatch ahead of the December launch to the International Space Station. Although there was no formal ceremony to mark the occasion, the hatch closure is an important milestone for all involved. "This means we are 99% ready for flight," explains Bernardo Patti, ESA's Columbus Project Manager. "All the activities related to the pressurised volume are finished. The work...

Word of the Day
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.