Martedì, 23 Ottobre 2018

Astronaut Parmitano wants Italian at Int Space Station helm


Moscow, April - European Space Agency (ESA)
astronaut Luca Parmitano, who is set to become the only Italian
have gone on a space walk, on Friday said he wanted to see an
Italian in charge of the International Space Station (ISS).
Parmitano, an Italian Air Force captain, has been training
in Russia and in preparation of a mission to co-pilot a Soyuz
TMA spacecraft and spend six months working on the space station
beginning in May.
Parmitano was feted in March this year when it was
announced he was to carry out space walks during a six month
mission in at the International Space Station from May to
November 2013.
''For Italy, for myself, and for the Italian Space Agency
Asi, a space walk is an important step,'' he said speaking to
journalists between tests and training sessions at the astronaut
training centre in Star City, Moscow.
"In the future I'd like to see (another) Italian commander
on the ISS".
To date the only Italian astronaut to have been commander
of the space station is Paolo Nespoli, who between 2010 and 2011
worked for six months there during the MagIsstra mission.
Parmitano also expressed his wish for ''space still belong
to everyone''.
''It is very important to share this great privilege with
the general public as much as possible," he added.
"We are in space, we do science, exploration, and
technology - it is important to tell people to come closer to
this world, as there is really room for everyone here''.

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