Born: 27 September 1976 Nationality: Italian
Family: married and has two daughters
Hobbies: scuba diving, snowboarding, skydiving, weight training and swimming. Other interests include reading and music.
Luca has a bachelor's degree in political sciences, and in 2000 graduated from the Italian Air Force Academy in Italy. In 2009, he completed a master’s degree in experimental flight test engineering at the Institute Superieure de l’Aeronautique et de l’Espace (ISAE), in France.
In 2007, Luca was selected by the Italian Air Force to become a test pilot. He trained as an Experimental Test Pilot at the French test pilot school.
Parmitano is a captain in the Italian Air Force. He has logged more than 2000 hours flying time, is qualified on more than 20 types of military airplanes and helicopters, and has flown over 40 types of aircraft.
Parmitano was selected as an ESA astronaut in May 2009.
In February 2011, he was assigned as a flight engineer to a long-duration mission to the International Space Station. He was launched on a Soyuz launcher from Baikonur, Kazakhstan on 28 May 2013.