Ciao from Rome! We have arrived, already done some sightseeing and now we are doing the #Lucatweetup here with the wonderful people from the +European Space Agency, ESA
My buddy Daniel Scuka is ready and gives the thumb up!
ESRIN, known as the ESA Centre for Earth Observation, is one of the five ESA specialised centres situated in Europe. Located in Frascati, a small town 20 km south of Rome in Italy, ESRIN was established in 1966 and first began acquiring data from environmental satellites in the 1970s.
Earth Observation data has grown in importance as more and more international and national agencies recognise the many uses to which it can be put. Satellites for Earth observation keep a constant watch over the Earth and the data they provide help to safeguard the planet in which we live.
Since 2004, ESRIN has been the headquarters for ESA's Earth Observation activities.
And we will be spending some time with the One-And-Only-And-Too-Cool-For-A-Dry-Spacesuit Astornaut Luca Parmitano!
Luca's a very experienced pilot with the Italian air force. He was selected as one of six new ESA astronauts in 2009. He completed his first mission to the ISS – the Volare mission – as part of Expedition 36/37, in 2013, spending May-November in orbit. His second EVA, in July 2013, was aborted after just over an hour due to a malfunction in his spacesuit, which resulted in his helmet partly filling with water.+Samantha Cristoforetti
any cool places you think I should go and visit? :-) #Lucatweetup #ESA #Rome #Ital