DAMA Mission name and logo
Elementary and middle school students all over Italy were challenged last year to come up with a name and logo for Vittori's mission aboard Endeavour. More than 2000 suggestions from around 200 schools were received.
In addition to providing Roberto’s third trip to the Station, STS-134 will carry the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer. This fundamental instrument gave the hint to a young pupil to use the initial letters of 'dark matter' to form the winning acronym DAMA.
Following the same idea, an 11-year-old girl from Modena drew the logo that Roberto will wear on his space suit. AMS-02 inspired her to sketch an antimatter particle emerging from the trail of the Space Shuttle, with the Italian flag in the background.