SRS-120 Paolo Nespoli

European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Paolo Nespoli will be making his first spaceflight. He received a Bachelor of Science in aerospace engineering in 1988 and a Master of Science in aeronautics and astronautics in 1989 from the Polytechnic University of New York. He was selected as an astronaut by the Italian space agency (ASI) in July 1998 and, one month later, joined ESA’s European astronaut corps. In August 1998, he was relocated to NASA’s Johnson Space Center and assigned to the 27th NASA Astronaut Class. He was assigned to STS‐120 in June 2006. As mission specialist 4 for the STS‐120 mission, he will serve as one of the shuttle robotics officers for the survey of Discoveryʹs wings and nose cap using the Orbiter Boom Sensor System. He will handle rendezvous tools in preparation for Discoveryʹs rendezvous and docking with the International Space Station on flight day 3. He will serve as the intra‐vehicular crew member, or spacewalk choreographer, for the first four spacewalks to help install Node 2, relocate the P6 truss and test shuttle heat shield repair techniques. He will be seated on the middeck for launch and on the flight deck for entry.

Source: STS-120 Shuttle Mission Press Kit – PDF download

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~ by tellinghistory on October 23, 2007.

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