A chance to name Europe’s next astronaut mission
1 June 2010 – ESA’s Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli will soon visit the International Space Station, and he needs your help to name his mission. Paolo Nespoli is now in intensive training for his challenging 6-month mission that will start next November. He will be launched in a Soyuz TMA spacecraft from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on 12 December with Dmitri Kondratyev and Catherine Coleman. After docking two days later, they will stay on the International Space Station (ISS) as members of Expeditions 26/27. This will be Paolo’s second time aboard the ISS: he flew in 2007 on a Space Shuttle to deliver and install the Node-2 module. This will be the third six-month mission by a European astronaut on the Station. Between December 2010 and June 2011 he will be part of the ISS crew as a flight engineer. In addition to his technical and operational duties, he has an extensive programme of scientific experiments and educational activities. He will use a novel 3D camera to show realistic views from inside and outside the ISS. The ISS has many more years of use ahead – at least until 2020 – and the European astronaut missions contribute significantly to the scientific exploitation of Europe’s Columbus laboratory. Paolo’s mission is currently known as ‘E3’, Europe’s third long-duration mission on the ISS. From Esperia to … what? Paolo’s previous mission was called Esperia from the Ancient Greek name for the Italian peninsula. Following the enthusiastic response to
earlier competitions, ESA is again inviting European citizens to suggest names for his new mission. The competition is open to all citizens and residents of ESA’s Member States. The winning name will become the official name of Nespoli’s mission and the winner will receive a frame with the mission logo signed by European astronauts. The name should reflect the following aspects: * Europe’s important role in the global undertaking of human spaceflight and exploration, as demonstrated by the many missions and hardware delivered to the ISS; * The three ‘dimensions’ of astronaut missions that serve science, technology and education, as well as the 3D pictures and videos that Paolo will be taking during his mission; * Astronauts need to stay fit on the ground and in space. As Paolo’s educational activities will focus on the importance of a healthy and active lifestyle, the mission name has to reflect this; * Paolo is Italian, so the mission name may also reflect Italian culture as an ingredient of the pan-European outlook. How to submit? * Send your proposal to ISSE3name@esa.int by 18:00 CEST (16:00 GMT) on 30 June 2010 with the subject line ‘Paolo Nespoli Mission Name Competition’. * The name should be a word or a short combination of words. Do not use a personal name, unless it is a mythological name with a commonly known symbolic meaning. * Include your real full name, age, home address and phone number in your email. * Read the full conditions carefully (see link on the right). Conditions. 1 June 2010. These are the conditions of the ESA’s competition to name Paolo Nespoli’s mission to the International Space Station in 2010-2011. * Proposals should be sent by email to ISSE3name@esa.int by 18:00 CEST (16:00 GMT) on 30 June 2010 with the subject line ‘Paolo Nespoli Mission Name Competition’. * The proposed name should be a word or a short combination of words. Do not use a personal name, unless it is a mythological name with a commonly known symbolic meaning. * Include your real full name, age, home address and phone number in your email. * The proposal should be a maximum of one A4 page, 12 pt, single space. * The email size should not exceed 3 MB. * Please write in your email your real full name, age, home address and phone number. * The proposals should be submitted in English or Italian. Do not worry if your language is not perfect;
as long as the idea is understandable, it will be considered. * The winning proposal will be published on the ESA website in July 2010. * By submitting the application, the applicant gives permission to ESA to publish their name, and allocates to ESA all the rights to use the proposal for the purposes outlined in this announcement and for purposes related to ESA communications. * All submissions are individual. No group submissions will be accepted. * By submitting the proposal, the participant declares that this is their own work and is not copied from any other original work. ESA bears no responsibility for verifying the authenticity of the proposals. * For applicants below age of 18, by submitting the proposal they confirm that a parent/legal guardian has been informed of the submission and agreed to it, taking into account the above conditions. * ESA staff members and contractors and their relatives are not allowed to take part in this competition. The competition is open to all citizens and residents of ESA’s Member States: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK. Paolo Nespoli, Astronaut of the European Space Agency (ESA). Paolo Nespoli, Astronaut of the European Space Agency (ESA). Personal data. Born on 6 April 1957 in Milan, Italy. His hometown is Verano Brianza, Milan, Italy. He enjoys scuba diving, piloting aircraft, assembly of computer hardware, electronic equipment and computer software. Education; Received a Bacholor of Science in Aerospace Engineering in 1988 and an Master of Science in Aeronautics and Astronautics in 1989 from the Polytechnic University of New York. Awarded the Laurea in Ingegneria Meccanica by the Università degli Studi di Firenze, Italy, in 1990. Qualifications and licenses; Civilian: Professional engineer, private pilot, advanced scuba diver and NitrOx diver. Military: Master parachutist, parachute instructor, jump master, high altitude low opening, Special Forces operator. Special honours; Team achievement awards for space mission Mir 97 (German Space Agency), space mission EUROMIR 95 (ESA), NASA-Mir Programme (NASA), space mission EUROMIR 94 (ESA), Bed Rest Experiment (ESA–French Space Agency),
Columbus Utilisation Simulation (ESA). Experience; Nespoli was drafted by the Italian army in 1977 and became a non-commissioned officer working as a parachute instructor at the Scuola Militare di Paracadutismo of Pisa. In 1980 he joined the 9° Btg d’Assalto “Col Moschin” of Livorno where he became a Special Forces operator. From 1982 to 1984, he was assigned to the Italian contingent of the Multinational Peacekeeping Force in Beirut, Lebanon. Following his return to Italy he was appointed an officer and continued working as a Special Forces operator. Nespoli resumed his university studies in 1985. He left active army duty in 1987. Upon completing his M.Sc. in 1989, he returned to Italy to work as a design engineer for Proel Tecnologie in Florence, where he conducted mechanical analysis and supported the qualification of the flight units of the Electron Gun Assembly, one of the main parts of the Italian Space Agency’s Tethered Satellite System (TSS). In 1991 he joined ESA’s European Astronaut Centre in Cologne, Germany. As an astronaut training engineer, he contributed to the preparation and implementation of basic training for the European astronauts and he was responsible for the preparation and management of astronaut proficiency maintenance. He was also responsible for the Astronaut Training Database, a software system used for the preparation and management of astronaut training. In 1995, he was detached to the EUROMIR project at ESA’s ESTEC establishment in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, where he was responsible for the team that prepared, integrated and supported the Payload and Crew Support Computer used on the Russian space station Mir. In 1996, he was detached to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, where he worked in the Spaceflight Training Division on the preparation of training for the ground and in-orbit crews of the International Space Station. In July 1998, he was selected as an astronaut by the Italian space agency (ASI), and one month later, joined ESA’s European Astronaut Corps, whose homebase is the European Astronaut Centre (EAC) in Cologne, Germany. In August 1998, he was relocated to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, and assigned to the XVIIth NASA
Astronaut class. In 2000 he obtained the necessary basic qualifications for being assigned to a mission on the Space Shuttle and to the International Space Station. In July 2001, he successfully completed the course for operating the Space Shuttle robotics arm and, in September 2003, successfully completed the Extra Vehicular Activities advanced skills training. In August 2004, he was temporarily assigned to the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City (near Moscow/Russia), where he followed the initial training for the Soyuz spacecraft. After that, Nespoli returned to NASA’s astronaut office in JSC/Houston, where he performed proficiency training to maintain the acquired qualifications and attended advanced courses. He also carried out several technical duties for NASA, ESA and the Italian Space Agency (ASI). In June 2006, Nespoli was assigned to the Space Shuttle mission STS-120. Spaceflight experience; From 23 October to 7 November 2007, Paolo Nespoli flew as Mission Specialist on board Space Shuttle Discovery for the STS-120 flight to the International Space Station. This mission delivered and installed the Node 2, a major building block essential for further expansion of the ISS, including the addition of the European Columbus laboratory. Another important task was the relocation of one of the four solar arrays that provide power to the Station. Nespoli played a key role as the intravehicular activity astronaut (or IVA) for the mission’s spacewalks, including the installation of Node 2. During his mission, named Esperia, Nespoli also performed a number of European experiments for the European scientific community in the area of human physiology and biology. Nespoli also took part in educational activities. Current assignment; In November 2008, Paolo Nespoli has been assigned to Expedition 26/27, a long duration mission to the International Space Station that is planned to take place from November 2010 to May 2011. He recently started his ISS training in Russia and in the US. news from: esa.int
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