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Science & Exploration

Luca Parmitano in-flight call with President Sergio Mattarella

Date: Wed, Nov 06, 2019 | 14:35 - 14:55 GMT | 15:35 - 15:55 CET

Type: ESA TV Live

Format: 16:9

On Wednesday 6 November 1535 Rome time, ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano will speak with Italian President Sergio Matarella live from the International Space Station, where he is serving as the third European and first Italian commander of humankind’s orbital outpost.

 Luca was launched to the International Space Station for his second mission, known as Beyond, alongside NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan and Russian cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov on 20 July 2019. This was also the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing.

During his six-month mission, Luca is supporting over 50 European experiments and numerous international research experiments in areas ranging from human physiology and biology to materials science, fluid physics, environmental research and technology demonstrations. Later this year, he is expected to remotely control a rover on Earth from space in an experiment called Analog-1.

Luca is also preparing to go beyond the Station’s Quest airlock for a series of complex spacewalks to repair the dark matter-hunting particle physics instrument, Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer – AMS-02. This module was not designed for repair on orbit and has exceeded its planned life. But the science results have been so outstanding it has been decided to extend its working life. Luca trained extensively on the ground for the task.

 When not performing science or spacewalks, Luca and his crew work together to keep the Space Station operating smoothly and efficiently. He also works to document his experiences through incredible Earth imagery to inspire the next generation.

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