STS-120 CREW MEET ITALIAN STUDENTS IN
Schools attending the event were: “La Sapienza”
University with 150 students from Aerospace Engineering degree, “Alberto Sordi” Secondary School in
Moreover all schools involved in recent ARISS events/contacts were present: “Giosuč Carducci” Secondary School from Santa Marinella (30 students), “Galileo Galilei” High School from Civitavecchia (65 students), Faculty of Engineering from University of L’Aquila (50 students) and representatives from ITIS “Mottura” of Caltanisetta, IIS “Deambrosis- Natta” of Sestri Levante, IIS “Vittorio Emanulele” of Genova, IIS “Maserati” of Voghera (15 students). Audience amounted to 590 students!
After opening talks from the “Magnifico Rettore” of “La Sapienza” University
and from Italian Space Agency (ASI) representatives, the crew was presented to the
students. The crew presented a detailed description of their mission, supported
by splendid videos. The importance and the role of educational activities during
space missions was highlighted by all crewmembers. The
official STS-120 video gives full visibility to ARISS schools contacts. Thank
you STS-120 crew!
Some time was devoted to let the crew answer questions from students.
The crew were offered gifts from every school involved. Paolo Nespoli, Pamela Melroy and Clay Anderson received a “special” QSL-card from schools/universities which participated to the ARISS contacts.
The event lasted more than two hours in an atmosphere of enthusiasm and sympathy. Special guest was Princess Elettra Marconi.
Several TV stations and newspapers covered the event.
Francesco De Paolis, IKŘWGF, ARISS mentor