Samantha Cristoforetti meets the young people involved in the "Operazione Cielo" initiative in Naples

Samantha Cristoforetti meets the young people involved in the "Operazione Cielo" initiative in Naples

More than 200 young people had the chance to meet and talk to the astronaut about life in space

Naples, 22 June 2023 - Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti today met over 200 young people at the Trianon Viviani theatre in Naples' Forcella district. The meeting was part of the activities of the "Operazione Cielo" summer camps organised by Il Cielo Itinerante, the Italian non-profit association founded in 2021 with the aim of introducing young people from disadvantaged educational and social backgrounds to STEM subjects, in collaboration with Fondazione CDP, the project's main partner, and with the support of Fondazione Bracco, Fondazione Paolo Bulgari  and  iliad.

During the event, which was also attended by the city's mayor Gaetano Manfredi, Samantha shared what it's like to live on the International Space Station (ISS) with the young audience, who had the opportunity to ask her questions about space and the stars.

The young people involved in Operazione cielo attend six different summer camps in the districts of Forcella, Ponticelli, San Giovanni a Teduccio and San Carlo all'Arena in Naples, Giambellino in Milan and Tor Bella Monaca in Rome, where they have the chance to explore innovative ways of learning STEM subjects, thanks also to the collaboration with Standford University.

The initiative is also sponsored by the Municipality of Naples and is recognised by the European Space Agency (ESA), the Italian Space Agency (ASI), the National Institute of Astrophysics (INAF) and the OAE Centre Italy of the International Astronomical Union. "Operazione Cielo" camps also involve the work of some of the main local associations, including Altra Napoli EF, the main contact point for the city of Naples, Associazione Amici di Carlo Fulvio Velardi ONLUS, Asso.Gio.Ca Associazione Gioventù Cattolica, Fondazione Famiglia di Maria and Fondazione L'Albero della Vita ONLUS.