Italian astronaut Cristoforetti on first visit to Israel

Taking part in Ilan Ramon International Space Conference

03 February, 19:30

    (ANSAmed) - TEL AVIV, FEBRUARY 3 - Invited by the Israeli Space Agency (ISA), the Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti has arrived in Israel for the first time as part of the 11th Ilan Ramon International Space Conference.

    The event is named after an Israeli astronaut who died in 2003 in Texas during the Columbia Space Shuttle accident. Cristoforetti on Wednesday met at the Tel Aviv University with young Israelis interested in space technology and her experience at an event organized by the Italian embassy in Israel. On Tuesday evening, she instead met with the Italian community and the Israelis scientific one at an event at the residence of Ambassador Francesco Maria Talò. Italian Space Agency (ASI) president Roberto Battiston underscored in his speech ''the close scientific cooperation'' in the sector between Italy and Israel. On Tuesday afternoon, Cristoforetti - along with fellow astronauts Shannon Walker (NASA) and Yi So-Yeon (Korea) - was part of a panel on future space challenges. (ANSAmed).

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