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Luca Parmitano

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Personal data

Birthdate:  27.09.1976
Birthplace:  Paternò
Marital status:  married
Children:  two
Selection date:  20.05.2009
Selection group:  ESA-3 / EAC
Position:  MSP
Status:  active


No. Mission Position Time Duration
1  Soyuz TMA-09M / ISS-36 / ISS-37  Flight Engineer  28.05.2013 - 11.11.2013 166d 06h 17m 
2  Soyuz MS-13 / ISS-60 / ISS-61  Flight Engineer / ISS-CDR  20.07.2019 - 06.02.2020 200d 16h 44m 
Total  366d 23h 01m 
Patch Soyuz TMA-09M Patch ISS-36 Patch ISS-37 Patch Soyuz MS-13 Patch ISS-60 Patch ISS-61  

Backup assignments

No. Mission Position
1  Soyuz TMA-07M  Flight Engineer
2  Soyuz MS-11  Flight Engineer
3  Soyuz MS-12  Flight Engineer

Additional information

Luca Parmitano graduated from the Liceo Scientifico Statale 'Galileo Galilei' in Catania, Italy, in 1995. In 1999, he completed a bachelor’s degree in political sciences at the University of Naples Federico II, Italy, with a thesis on international law. In 2000, he graduated from the Italian Air Force Academy, in Pozzuoli, Italy. Luca Parmitano completed basic air force training with the US Air Force at the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training in Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, US, in 2001. He completed the JCO/CAS course with the USAFE in Sembach, Germany, in 2002. In 2003, he qualified as Electronic Warfare Officer at the ReSTOGE in Pratica di Mare, Italy. He completed the Tactical Leadership Programme in Florennes, Belgium, in 2005. In July 2009, Luca Parmitano completed a master’s degree in experimental flight test engineering at the Institute Superieure de l’Aeronautique et de l’Espace in Toulouse, France.
Following completion of undergraduate pilot training in 2001, Luca Parmitano flew the AM-X aircraft with the 13th Group, 32nd Wing in Amendola, Italy, from 2001 to 2007. During that time, he obtained all aircraft qualifications, including Combat Ready, Four Ship Leader and Mission Commander/Package Leader. Within the 13th Group he served as Chief of Training Section and Commander of the 76th Squadron. He was also the 32nd Wing Electronic Warfare Officer. In 2007, he was selected by the Italian Air Force to become a test pilot. He trained as an Experimental Test Pilot at EPNER, the French test pilot school in Istres. Luca Parmitano is a major in the Italian Air Force. He has logged more than 2000 hours flying time, is qualified on more than 20 types of military airplanes and helicopters, and has flown over 40 types of aircraft.
Luca Parmitano was selected as an ESA astronaut in May 2009.
He enjoys scuba diving, snowboarding, skydiving, weight training and swimming. Other interests include reading and music.


Last update on February 06, 2020.