Lunedì, 22 Ottobre 2018

Italian set to make first trip to space


Rome, May 28 - Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano is
set to make his first trip to space Tuesday aboard the Soyuz
TMA spacecraft en route to the International Space Station
At 36 he is the youngest person to be given a long-duration
ISS assignment and is the European Space Agency's newest
astronaut after being selected just four years ago.
He is co-piloting the Soyuz mission with Fyodor Yurchikhin
from Georgia and Karen Nyberg from the US.
The shuttle is scheduled to lift off from Kazakhstan's
Baikonur Cosmodrome at 20:31 GMT, or 02:31 local time on
Parmitano, an Italian Air Force captain, has been training
in Russia in preparation to spend six months at the ISS where
his duties will include performing two space walks to work on
the exterior of the station platform.
"For Italy, for myself, and for the Italian Space Agency
Asi, a space walk is an important step," he said in March when
the news was announced.

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