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Life aboard the Space Station

TWO HIGH-PROFILE SPACE MISSIONS came to end in May and June. European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Paolo Nespoli returned to Earth on May24, after spending almost six months aboard the International Space Station on his MagISStra mission. Then in June his countryman, ESA Italian astronaut Roberto Vittori, participated in the penultimate Space Shuttle mission to the ISS, the Italian Space Agency’s DAMA mission. This video shows the highlights of these two missions with commentary by Paolo Nespoli.

Adapted from information issued by ESA.

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Italian in orbit

FROM DECEMBER 2010 to May 2011, Paolo Nespoli, ESA’s Italian astronaut, is carrying out an intensive programme of tasks, experiments and educational activities aboard the International Space Station.

His duties include participating in the docking operations to receive two cargo spacecraft: Europe’s second Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) Johannes Kepler, and the second Japanese HII Transfer Vehicle (HTV).

More than 30 experiments are planned during the mission, a programme that will cover human research, fluid physics, radiation, biology and technology demonstrations. Educational activities are also scheduled during this six-month mission.

The overall project is called MagISStra, combining the Latin word ‘magistra’, a female teacher, with ISS, the acronym of the International Space Station. This Latin influence not only brings an Italian flavour to the project, it also echoes the humanistic value of the mission.

Please note this video was produced in December 2010, before Nespoli launched to the ISS. He arrived at the station aboard Soyuz flight TMA-20 on December 15, 2010, and is due to return in May 2011.

More information can be found ESA’s MagISStra site.

Adapted from information issued by ESA.

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