Martedì, 18 Settembre 2018
ROME

Premier tells astronaut he wants to go to space, leave Italy

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Rome, July 19 - Italian Premier Enrico Letta joked
with astronaut Luca Parmitano in an earth-to-space video call
Friday, saying he would like to abandon the helm of the
eurozone's third-largest economy to join him on his next
mission".
"When you come back, I have a lot of questions to ask you,
and if you have room on your next mission I would like to come
too," Letta said.
Parmitano, currently on board the International Space
Station (ISS), told Letta he was "proud of Italy at a time when
the national pastime appears to be that of speaking ill of the
nation".
"I want to prove that there is a young Italy that wants to
do things," he said.
Parmitano, an Italian Air Force captain, in May was sent to
the space station for a six month mission.
He is the first Italian to go on a space walk.
Letta in turn told him that Italy will invest more in
research and space.
"Italy's leadership in terms of space is very strong, clear
and consolidated.
"We want to invest in research and in space".

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