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Samantha Cristoforetti at the opening cerimony of CHT in Pavia



Pavia, March 5, 2016 - The "Centre for Health Technologies" of Pavia has been inaugurated with an exceptional godmother: the ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti. The event was held in the beautiful main building of the University of Pavia. The great “Sala del 400” was not enough to accommodate all the public that had to be hosted in the adjoining room in videoconference. The event was opened by the Rector Fabio Rugge followed by the presentation of the objectives and programs of the new centre by professors Riccardo Bellazzi, Carlomaurizio Montecucco and Livia Visai.

This was followed by the presentations of the guests Gabriele Mascetti, head of the Unit for the Human Flight of the Italian Space Agency and Fabrizio Carrai, the manager of the User Support Operations Centre (USOC) of Kayser Italia. The centre, unique in Italy, supported all the Italian experiments done by Samantha Cristoforetti during her "Futura" mission.

Samantha Cristoforetti was greeted with a thunderous applause. Then she told about her 200 days spent aboard the space station also showing spectacular images. Many connections between the presentations. Professor Visai was the scientific coordinator of the NATO experiment on the developing of nanoparticles as a countermeasure to osteoporosis induced by microgravity. The experiment was funded by the Italian Space and was created and controlled by Kayser Italia, Livorno (in the picture Samantha Cristoforetti with one of the micro-biological labs developed in Livorno). During the course of all the operations required by the experiment, Samantha Cristoforetti was followed in real time by the USOC in Livorno, the only center in Italy for the support of operations on board the ISS.

The USOC, the control center of the experiments, did not finish its work. In the recent months, the first Italian print of 3D object in space has been followed from the Kayser Italia centre that  for the occasion hosted the specialists of the POP3D project.

The mission of the USOC is to support research groups and industries that want to do scientific investigations or technologic demonstration on board the ISS, both in the engineering developments and with on-orbit operations, with the final goal to guarantee the mission success.

(Photo Credits University of Pavia)