Samantha Cristoforetti in Ferrara thanks to Drain Brain and Unife,
"The sky above Ferrara. AstroSamantha, the research"
Friday, 3rd June 2016
Fiera di Ferrara
Organized by Unife in collaboration with the Areonautica Militare (Air Force) , ESA ( European Space Agency), ASI (Italian Space Agency), INFN (Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare) , Ferrara Fiere Congressi and the De Humanitate Sanctae Annae Association
In November 2014 Samantha Cristoforetti has been the first Italian astronaut to reach the International Space Station. Thanks to her journal and daily updates on social networks about her stay, the astronaut has been passionately followed by thousands of people.
Also a team of doctors and scientists of Unife were following her experience with particular interest: among the experiments the astronaut was to perform in space, and for which she had faced a challenging training on Earth, there was Drain Brain, the experiment designed by Director of the Vascular Diseases Center of University of Ferrara, Prof. Paolo Zamboni, with the support of Unife physics, especially Angelo Taibi. The aim of the experiment was to quantify the cerebral venous return in extraordinary conditions such as the absence of gravity.
Thanks to this collaboration, on 3rd June, Unife organized the special event "The sky above Ferrara. AstroSamantha, research" in which, during a public meeting Samantha Cristoforetti herself talked about her scientific experience to an enthusiastic audience.
The event was organized with the Areonautica Militare (Air Force) , ESA ( European Space Agency), ASI (Italian Space Agency), INFN (Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare) , Ferrara Fiere Congressi and the De Humanitate Sanctae Annae Association.
The initiative, aimed specifically for students, included the presentation of all bachelors and master'd degrees offered by Unife, teaching and research programmes (in particular the aerospace one) active now at the University of Ferrara, thanks to interactive booths of the twelve departments and the two University schools.
Morover, Areonautica militare held demonstrations with simulators and presented spectacular and unpublished materials; symposia on aerospace and humanitarian law in space issues and scientific entertainment for kids also took place.