About VITA mission website & ARISS
The goal of this website is to collect all the amateur radio activities performed by the Italian ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli, IZØJPA, during the VITA mission on board of the International Space Station.
Nespoli is an ISS increment 52/53 member, that will live on the ISS starting from July 2017 to mid December 2017 for his third spaceflight. 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.
ARISS is an international educational outreach program partnering the volunteer support and leadership from AMSAT and IARU societies around the world with the ISS space agencies partners: NASA, Russian Space Agency, ESA, JAXA, and CSA. ARISS offers an opportunity for students to experience the excitement of Amateur Radio by talking directly with crewmembers on board the International Space Station. Teachers, parents and communities see, first hand, how Amateur Radio and crewmembers on ISS can energize youngsters' interest in science, technology, and learning.