ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli is on his third visit to the International Space Station, a five-month mission called Vita.
Vita stands for Vitality, Innovation, Technology and Ability and was chosen by Italy’s ASI space agency, which is providing the mission through a barter agreement with NASA.
In Italian, “vita” means “life”, reflecting the experiments that Paolo will run and the philosophical notion of living in outer space – one of the most inhospitable places for humans.
Follow Paolo Nespoli and his mission via paolonespoli.esa.int.
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