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ESA CAVES 2019: Astronaut training and scientific research in the Karst region

3rd September 2020, from 5.00 pm to 7.00 pm

Magazzino delle Idee (Trieste)

ESA CAVES 2019: Astronaut training and scientific research in the Karst region

What do speleologists and astronauts have in common? Courses organized by the European Space Agency (ESA) ESA CAVES (Cooperative Adventure for Valuing and Exercising human behavior and performance Skills) project have taken astronauts to different caves across Europe to prepare them to progress and live safely in an area where attention must always be at its maximum and in an environment that has characteristics similar to space. During the two weeks of exercise, astronauts are instructed in progression techniques, perform geological and biological studies and learn to live in a “hostile” environment by developing team dynamics.

Speakers will be Jo De Waele, associate professor of geomorphology at the University of Bologna, and Francesco Sauro, adjunct professor at the University of Bologna: they are speleologists and scientists who will talk about courses that they hold to teach astronauts to live and move around in caves.

The meeting will be moderated by Giorgio Fornasier, speleology instructor and member of the Unione Speleologica Pordenonese CAI

Registration required. To register write to xtreme@fsrfvg.it

Image courtesy of ESA – V. Crobu and ESA – A. Romeo