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Paolo Nespoli

Italian astronaut

1957   -  

country of citizenship: Italy
languages spoken, written or signed: Italian
educated at: New York University Tandon School of Engineering, New York University, University of Florence
occupation: astronaut, engineer, amateur radio operator
award received: NASA Space Flight Medal, Commander of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic, Order of Merit of the Italian Republic, Order of the Star of Italian Solidarity

Major Paolo Angelo Nespoli (born 6 April 1957) is an Italian astronaut and engineer of the European Space Agency (ESA). In 2007, he first traveled into space aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery as a mission specialist of STS-120. In December 2010 he again traveled into space aboard the Soyuz TMA-20 spacecraft as an Expedition 26/27 flight engineer. Nespoli's third spaceflight was on board Soyuz MS-05, which launched in July 2017 for Expedition 52/53. He was also the European Space Agency's oldest active astronaut prior to his retirement in 2019.
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