Paolo Nespoli, six months out of this world, talks about ALTEA

25 01 2012

From the website I want to share a public conference during which Paolo Nespoli talks about the period of five months he spent in space onboard the International Space Station. He also describes all the scientific experiments he was involved in during his mission.

At about 12:50 Paolo talks about the ALTEA-Shield experiment he conducted (see ALTEA Shield activity with Paolo Nespoli in 3D and  Paolo Nespoli riattiva l’esperimento italiano ALTEA-Shield, Le immagini della riattivazione di ALTEA on my italian blog). He also describes in the light flash phenomenon:  “This is an experiment because we have a 3D radiation detector that identifies the heavy particles in space which are destroyed or dampened by the atmosphere on Earth, here it doesn’t exist but then here you see that suddenly you feel in space that somebody has taken a photo with a flash and you feel puff!, these are these particles, these are the flashes which take place when one of these radiations go through the eye and through the retina and trigger this reaction”

Enjoy the video!


ALTEA-Shield activity with Paolo Nespoli in 3D

22 12 2011

My Christmas present for you is a 3D video by Paolo Nespoli where ALTEA-Shield is the special guest. Wear your red-cyan glasses and enjoy! I will be back with new posts after the holidays (NET January 6th 2012). Merry Christmas!

Paolo Nespoli spent 6 months on-board the International Space Station from Dec 2010 through to May 2011. Using the ESA’s Erasmus Recording Binocular (ERB-2) stereoscopic camera Paolo filmed various phases of his MagISStra mission, but the special guest is indeed ALTEA-Shield. The first picture (22 sec.) is a 3D view of the setup of ALTEA-Shield (while waiting for me to write the English version, see my description of Paolo activity in Italian here and here). Then Paolo shot various phases of his MagISStra mission, he caught some moments that depict the work astronauts carry out on the ISS: from educational activities, to scientific experiments and physical training, also demonstrating the way astronauts move in weightlessness through the various modules. From 3:52, for almost a minute, the final steps of the ALTEA-Shield setup activity are showed with this stunning 3D effects that makes you realize how big is ALTEA device.


ERB-2 is the first camera to transmit 3D images live from space. I would like to thank ESA and all the astronauts featured in the film: NASA astronauts Catherine (Cady) Coleman, Ron Garan, Scott Kelly and the united ISS Expedition 26-27 and STS-134 crew including ESA astronaut R. Vittori.