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Roberto Vittori's mission to the ISS

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Latest news
Messages to Vittori in the ISS via Wind (Italian) »»»
Watch video highlights of the Marco Polo mission more »»»
ESA astronaut returns to Earth after Space Station 'taxi' flight
5 May 2002 ESA PR 32-2002. The Marco Polo crew safely descended to Earth in a Soyuz capsule, ending a 10-day mission with a textbook landing on the plains Kazakhstan at 10h55 local time (04:55 GMT). more »»»
Previous updates
» Days 9 & 10: Final preparations for return to Earth
» Day 8: Nelson Mandela calls the Space Station
» Day 7: Starting preparations for return
» Day 6: Inflight call with Prodi
» Day 5: Experiments continue
» Day 4: First full day on the ISS
» Day 3: Docking and ingress - including images!
» Day 2: Chasing the ISS in orbit
» Launch day: Thursday 25 April 2002
» Ready to go
» Pre-launch photo report
Baikonur: Steppe into Space
1 May 2002 When ESA’s Robert Vittori and his crewmates launched from Baikonur on their April Marco Polo Soyuz taxi mission, they were setting out on a job that has only been possible since the ISS became operational in November 2000. But they were following in some very illustrious footsteps – sometimes quite literally. more »»»
Previous news
» Marco Polo makes orbit
Press releases
» [25-04-02] Successful lift-off for Italian on first mission into space
» [16-04-02] ESA astronaut on Russian flight to Space Station
» [21-02-02] First Italian astronaut to be flown to the International Space Station on board a Russian spacecraft
» [22-05-01] More ESA astronauts to fly to the ISS: First assignment for Roberto Vittori
Roberto's training diary
Diary # 2: Interview with Roberto
16 April 2002 ESA astronaut Roberto Vittori will launch as part of the Marco Polo mission crew from Baikonur on 25 April. We spoke to him at Star City, just outside Moscow, shortly before he and his crewmates flew to Baikonur for the final check-outs and the launch itself... more »»»
Previous diary entries
» [11-03-01] Diary #1: The story so far...
» Image gallery
» 'Marco Polo' mission live webcasts and highlights
» Chat with Vittori (11 April) - transcript
About Roberto Vittori
Italy's astronaut prepares
2 February 2002 April's scheduled Soyuz launch - a 'taxi flight' to the International Space Station - will carry with it a European astronaut on his maiden voyage into orbit. For Italian Roberto Vittori, the launch will mark a literal high point in his career so far. And although has never been in space before, he will be bringing a wealth of flying experience to the mission. more »»»
» Biography Roberto Vittori
About the 'Marco Polo' mission
Background articles
» First Italian astronaut to be flown to the International Space Station on board a Russian spacecraft
» More missions for European astronauts
» Marco Polo: mission facts
» Mission experiments in focus
» Italy supports European ambitions for International Space Station
» Specialist training for Europe's astronauts
» Commercial opportunities in space
» Europe's contributions to the Space Station
» Italian astronaut heading for new heights
» Vittori ready for unique flying experience