Paolo Nespoli


In Space for Earth

On Wednesday, October 24th at 6:30 PM Paolo Nespoli, Senior Astronaut at European Space Agency (ESA), will be at Fabrica for a lecture entitled “In Space for Earth”.

Paolo Nespoli will describe how he got from a small provincial town in Italy to work for the European Space Agency and fly three times in Space. He will tell us about the ground preparation needed for being able to execute a long duration mission on the International Space Station, what astronauts do during the mission, the standard day in Space, the return to Earth.

After spending 8 years with the Italian Army right out of high school, Paolo Nespoli obtained a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering and a Master of Science in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Polytechnic University of N.Y. (currently NYU). He then worked in Italy as a Design Engineer before being hired as a Astronaut Training Engineer by the European Space Agency (ESA) at the newly formed European Astronaut Centre in Cologne, Germany.
In 1998 he was selected as an Astronaut by the Italian Space Agency, integrated into ESA’s Astronaut Corps and sent to train at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.
He flew his first Space flight in 2007 on STS-120, a short duration Space Shuttle mission to the International Space Station (ISS). In 2010-11 he flew on ISS long duration mission Expedition-26/27 and then again in 2017 on ISS Expedition-52/53. He logged a total of 313 days in Space.