DAMA Mission

Elementary and middle school students all over Italy were challenged last year to come up with a name and logo for Roberto Vittori's mission (STS-134) aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour. More than 2000 suggestions from around 200 schools were received. In addition to providing Roberto's third trip to the Station as Mission Specialist, STS-134 carried the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer whose purpose is to study cosmic rays in search of traces of antimatter and dark matter.   This fundamental instrument gave the hint to a young pupil to use the initial letters of 'DArk MAtter' to form the winning acronym DAMA. Following the same idea, an 11-year-old girl from Modena drew the logo that Roberto has wear on his space suit. AMS-02 inspired her to sketch an antimatter particle emerging from the trail of the Space Shuttle, with the Italian flag in the background. To exploit the opportunity offered by the presence of Roberto Vittori on board the ISS, ASI has made a tender for the selection of experiments to be carried into orbit during the STS-134 mission. The organization of the mission was assigned to an industry consortium in which ALTEC had the role of overall coordination of the project with the support of TPZ-CSF in the role of sub-contractor. The selected experiments that have flown during the mission are:

  •   Italian Astronaut Personal Eye (IAPE) [G & A Engineering Company Ltd.]
  •   Biokon in Space (BIOKIS) [Kayser Italy Srl]
  •   Italian Electronic Nose for Space Exploration (IENOS) [Department of Electronic Engineering Tor Vergata University in Rome]
  •   Italian Memory Foam (IFOAM) [Tor Vergata University in Rome and Italy by Kayser Company Ltd]
  •   Night Vision [Department of Molecular Design CNR]
  •   eValuation And monitoring of microBial biofiLms Inside the ISS (ISS Viable) [Tuscia University of Viterbo].