Would you like to know what it's like to become an astronaut? Do you want to know what it's like for an astronaut for that first blast off into space, to be in space and what it's like to see Earth rotating around every 90 minutes you’ve orbited the Earth?
Maurizio Cheli is a lieutenant colonel in the Italian Air Force, a European Space Agency astronaut and a veteran of one NASA Space Shuttle mission. Maurizio joined the European Space Agency (ESA) in 1992 and was then sent to the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston where he would train as a Mission Specialist, who is effectively the flight engineer of the space shuttle. In 1996 he attended the Space Shuttle Columbia STS-75 Tethered Satellite mission, to be the first Italian to assume the role of Mission Specialist.
During the expedition, while he was flying over our planet, he took a picture of Mount Everest and since then, he always desired to reach that peak, and so he did: after having seen the world from above, in 2018 he even reached the “top of the world. For more than 10 years he has displayed the Eurofighter at the Paris Air Show and he's built his own aeroplanes too. He is an entrepreneur in the aviation industry and a speaker. Maurizio is sought to cover topics such as passion, teamwork, change management, decision making, sustainability and more.
Alex MacPhail and Maurizio Cheli go into detail about what it is to become an astronaut, what it is like to train for missions, what the launch looks like with the feelings of the acceleration and the g-forces at operating these machines.
If you like anything to do with fast aeroplanes or space, this is the conversation for you.
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