Space station calls Turin

ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli in Turin to tell his third time in space. During the nearly five-month VITA mission, ESA astronaut worked on the International Space Station on important scientific and biomedical experiments, many of which focused on the effects of man’s long stay in space in view of future deep space missions.

The name VITA, acronym for Vitalità, Innovazione, Tecnologia and Abilità (Vitality, Innovation, Technology and Skill), reflects the experiments that Paolo Nespoli conducted in orbit and the philosophical notion of living in space. The emblem of the mission is the work The Third Paradise by Master Michelangelo Pistoletto. With the 139 days of his third mission, Paolo Nespoli set a new record for an Italian astronaut’s stay in space, 313 days spent out of the atmosphere of the earth. The VITA mission is the third long lasting mission of ASI after those of ESA astronauts Luca Parmitano (Volare, 2013) and Samantha Cristoforetti (Futura, 2014).
Paolo Nespoli’s speech will be preceded by a panel discussion, introduced by Altec’s President, Fabio Massimo Grimaldi, on the results of the Italian space economy, and on how space is becoming a fundamental driving force for economic and social development in sectors that until now have been outside the space business.

Vincenzo Giorgio, CEO of ALTEC (one of the control centres of the International Space Station), Donato Amoroso, CEO Thales Alenia Space, Marco Boglione BasicNet Chairman, will be present together with ASI President Roberto Battiston, Licia Mattioli, Vice Chairman of Confindustria, Tommaso Ghidini, Head of the Structures, Mechanisms and Materials Division ESA, and Mario Costantini, General Manager of Intesa Sanpaolo Innovation Center.

The event is free but advanced reservation is required, available on this website from next Thursday, 15th March – Events & News section.