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ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli’s VITA mission name unveiling
24-11-2016 01:50 PM CET

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ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli's VITA mission name unveiling

SA astronaut Paolo Nespoli will be launched to the International Space Station next year for his third spaceflight. The name and logo for his mission were announced today.

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.

Credit: ESA

Vita logo
24-11-2016 01:50 PM CET

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Vita logo

Mission logo for ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli’s third spaceflight. The logo was developed by ESA together with Italian space agency ASI and Paolo.

The overall circle and blue shading evoke our planet, with the Third Paradise symbol by Italian artist Michelangelo Pistoletto linking the mission’s main messages.

Three elements stand out: a strand of DNA as a symbol of life and science, a book as a symbol of culture and education, and Earth as a symbol of humanity.

The Third Paradise is a reformulation of the symbol for infinity. The two opposing ovals contain elements of the scientific and cultural activities Paolo will perform in space. Their meeting in the centre represents the evolution of Earth and benefits for humankind.

The central shape of the symbol, together with the presence of the globe, can also be seen as an eye, giving an astronaut’s perspective over our planet.

Reflecting Paolo’s origins, the logo features the colours of the Italian flag.

Credit: ESA/ASI

ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli’s VITA mission name unveiling
24-11-2016 01:50 PM CET

europeanspaceagency posted a photo:

ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli's VITA mission name unveiling

SA astronaut Paolo Nespoli will be launched to the International Space Station next year for his third spaceflight. The name and logo for his mission were announced today.

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.

Credit: ESA

Galileo teamwok
24-11-2016 10:28 AM CET

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Galileo teamwok

On 17 November, an Ariane 5 rocket launched four new Galileo satellites, accelerating deployment of the new satellite navigation system.

Lifting off from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, it carried Galileo satellites 15–18. The first pair was released 3 hours 36 minutes later, while the second separated 20 minutes later at the target altitude.

At the Toulouse space centre of France’s CNES space agency, a joint ESA–CNES team is now working around the clock to shepherd the four through the critical early orbits, lasting nine days for one pair and 13 days for the other.

Since 2011, the joint team has conducted the Galileo initial flight operations alternately from ESA’s centre in Darmstadt, Germany, and the CNES centre in Toulouse.

This image highlights teamwork during intensive pre-launch training on 10 November.

Credit: CNES/Sylvain Charrier, 2016

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