|Selection 1989 ESA Group|
Time in space 7d 23h 15m
Name Franco Malerba
|Born October 10, 1946 (age 69)
Busalla, Genoa, Liguria, Italy (1946-10-10) |
Other occupation Member of the European Parliament
Franco malerba il primo astronauta azzurro prima parte
Franco Egidio Malerba (born October 10, 1946, in Busalla, Metropolitan City of Genoa, Italy) is an astronaut. He was the first citizen of Italy to travel to space.
- Franco malerba il primo astronauta azzurro prima parte
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- Research Activities
- Industry experience
- Military experience
- Other skills
- Flying status
- Spaceflight experience
Married to the former Marie-Aude Némo. They have one child. Recreational interests include mountaineering, skiing, and tennis. He is fluent in Italian, English, and French.
Intervista a franco malerba
Founding Member of the Italian Space Society.
Reserve Officer, Marina Militare. Served in 1974-75 (Sottotenente Armi Navali); was assigned to the Destroyer San Giorgio as Science Lecturer to the Naval Academy, and then to the Mariperman Technical Center in La Spezia working on ELF transmission systems.
Obtained scuba diving license from the Calypso Scuba Club, Geneva (1984).
Obtained Private Pilot License (College Park, Washington, D.C., 1973) and then the equivalent Italian flying license.
After selection in 1989 as a Payload Specialist by the Italian Space Agency (ASI) and NASA, he became a staff member of ASI and was assigned to the NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas, for training. In September 1991, he was designated Prime Payload Specialist for the TSS-1 Space Shuttle mission. Malerba flew as the first Italian citizen in space on STS-46 (July 31, 1992 to August 7, 1992). He is now involved with the Italian Space Agency (ASI) manned space flight program follow-on activities.