Lunedì, 22 Ottobre 2018

Italian makes country's first space walk


Rome, July 9 - Luca Parmitano became the first
Italian astronaut to take a space walk on Tuesday.
It is the first of at least two scheduled space walks for
the 36-year-old Sicilian outside the International Space Station
(ISS), according to the Italian Space Agency (ASI).
He is is the youngest person to be given a long-duration
ISS assignment.
Upon launching into space on May 29, Parmitano was
delighted after setting a new time for the fastest trip to the
ISS, just over six hours, from Kazakhstan's Baikonur Cosmodrome,
the launchpad for Yuri Gagarin in 1961.
"Ciao Mamma," he beamed on a video link to Rome, sparking
comments in the Twittersphere including "he looks like the
happiest man in the universe" and "Parmitano is out of this
The pioneering astronaut from Paternò near Catania laughed
when he saw his soon-to-be spacewalk companion, Chris Collins of
the USA.
"Your hair is buzzed off as much as mine, we're really
streamlined," he chuckled before joining his new crewmates in a
well-earned eight-hour sleep.
Parmitano, a major in the Italian air force, trained for a
year in Russia before co-piloting a Soyuz TMA spacecraft to the
ISS where he will venture out to work on its external platform
during a six-month stint on the station.
His mission will involve numerous scientific experiments
and will also feature good Italian food.
Italian chefs have prepared and carefully dehydrated
everything from lasagna to tiramisu', eggplant parmigiana, pesto
risotto and mushroom risotto which Parmitano will share with
others on board the ISS.
Sealed in aluminium bags, the Italian food reached the
space station before Parmitano.
"I'm really looking forward to my first weightless meal,"
Parmitano said before catching his pre-mission shuteye.
The mission couldn't have a more upbeat Italian name:
'Volare' ('Flying'), after the world-famous 1958 song by
Domenico Modugno.

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