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Current assignment: Expedition 26/27 'MagISStra'
Paolo Nespoli will serve as first flight engineer for Expedition 26/27, Europe’s third six-month mission to the International Space Station (ISS).
The astronaut will be flying in December 2010 aboard a Soyuz-TMA spacecraft from Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan with the Russian cosmonaut Dmitri Kondratyev and NASA’s astronaut Catherine Coleman. The three members of the crew will return to Earth in May 2011. This mission, dubbed ‘MagISStra’, is Paolo Nespoli’s second flight in space.
From December 2010 to May 2011, Paolo Nespoli’s duties aboard the ISS include participating in the docking operations to receive Europe’s second Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV-2) "Johannes Kepler", a visiting spacecraft that will deliver essential cargo to the Station.
Nespoli will also take part in the arrival of the second Japanese HII Transfer Vehicle (HTV), an unmanned spacecraft used to resupply the ISS. He will be the prime operator for berthing the HTV to the Station after the free-flying vehicle has been captured by NASA’s astronaut Catherine Coleman. In February 2011, the Space Shuttle will also deliver the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS-02) to the ISS.
Paolo Nespoli will carry out an intensive programme of experiments in the Station, ranging from radiation monitoring to measurements that could improve oil recovery in petroleum reservoirs. The mission scientific programme will cover different fields on human research, fluid physics, radiation, biology and technology demonstrations.
The astronaut will contribute to the scientific exploitation of Europe’s Columbus laboratory. Paolo Nespoli will carry out several experiments for ESA, NASA and also the Japanese and Canadian space agencies. During the mission, Paolo will participate in some educational activities: the educational programme "Mission X: Train Like an Astronaut" which will give children the chance to follow an international initiative built around health, well-being and nutrition. He will also participate in a greenhouse activity in space. Nespoli will use ESA’s novel 3D camera to show images of the ISS.
-  MagISStra Mission official website
First content made for Wikipedia in space!
The first ever content made in space specifically for Wikipedia - for this article! - was uploaded to Commons today, and is now in the infobox. See Close encounters of the Wikipedia kind for how this happened. Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 13:38, 29 November 2017 (UTC)