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Italian astronaut gives talk on space mission experiences

Friday, April 13, 2012

FREDERICK, Md.—An astronaut with the European Space Agency will give a talk about his experiences on two space missions Wednesday, April 18 at 12:45 p.m. in Hodson Auditorium in Rosenstock Hall at Hood College.

Paolo Nespoli of Verano Brianza, Italy, served in 2007 as a mission specialist aboard the space shuttle Discovery, and again in 2010 aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft as first flight engineer for Europe's third six-month mission to the International Space Station. In his presentation, "Six Months Out of This World," he will talk about his participation in docking operations and educational activities, experiments that ranged from radiation monitoring to measurements that could improve oil recovery in petroleum reservoirs, and filming for the documentary film, "First Orbit."

For more information, contact Mayme Kugler, administrative assistant for Hood's biology, chemistry, physics and physical education departments, at (301) 696-3649, or by e-mail at kugler@hood.edu.