ESA astronaut to speak to Cypriot students for first time
An astronaut of the European Space Agency will address Cypriot schools for the first time during an event organised by the Cyprus Space Exploration Organisation (CSEO).
The event will take place on Friday morning and schools from Cyprus will be connected via Skype with Italian astronaut of the European Space Agency, Paolo Nespoli, who is preparing for his third space mission in May to the International Space Station, CNA reports.
More than 1,000 students from Cypriot schools will have the opportunity to listen to Nespoli’s space experiences and get answers to their questions. The event falls within the framework of CSEO’s space education program.
"This is the first of a series of CSEO events, with an aim to promote scientific knowledge and build the next generation of scientists in our country,” the CSEO announcement says.
Nespoli's first mission was to the International Space Station in 2007, the ESA said on their webpage. "He flew as a Mission Specialist on Space Shuttle Discovery for the STS-120 flight to the International Space Station. This mission delivered and installed Node-2, a major building block essential for further expansion of the Station. Another important task was to relocate one of the four solar arrays that provide power to the Station. Paolo played a key role inside the Station for the mission’s spacewalks, including the installation of Node-2. During his Esperia mission, Paolo performed a number of experiments for the European scientific community in human physiology and biology. Paolo also took part in educational activities," the ESA reported on his first mission.
The astronaut was assigned to his second mission in 2008, and left for the long-duration mission in 2010, the ESA reported about the 159-day mission to the International Space Station.