Wednesday, June 11th -
Auditorium B. Touschek
Col. C. J. Precourt (NASA) and
Col. R. Vittori (ESA)
Status and prospectives of the
The International Space Station is likely the largest
collaborative scientific effort in our history. It represents
the logical step in manned space exploration, in preparation
to longer term efforts aiming to human exploration of Mars or
to a return to the Moon. The ISS is a large laboratory in space, to
study long term effects of microgravity and space radiation on
astronauts as well as on materials and on biological samples.
It also offers a unique opportunity of operation for large externally attached
payloads for the observation of the universe.
The status of the ISS assembly is discussed, also in view of the recent loss
of the Columbia Shuttle. NASA perspectives on ISS and post-ISS
developements as well as the role of EU and Russia
in the future of manned space exploration are discussed.
Introduces Dr. S. Bertolucci, Director of the Frascati National
Laboratories of INFN.