National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
Houston, Texas 77058
- NAME: Luca Urbani (M.D.)
- ASI Astronaut (Payload Specialist)
- PERSONAL DATA:
- Born May 11, 1957, in Rome, Italy. He now
resides in Rieti, Italy. Married to Cinzia Naccari of Senago (Milan), Italy.
They have two sons. Recreational interests include flying (he is a licensed
private pilot of airplanes, gliders and ultralights, with about 2,850 hours
logged in gliders and single-engine airplanes); gliding (at a competitive
level: seven times Italian Gliding Champion in different classes);
horseback-riding; skiing; tennis. He is also a licensed amateur radio operator.
- Graduated from Scientific Lyceum "M. Massimo" in Rome in 1975. Received a Doctor of Medicine Degree from the University of Rome "La Sapienza" Medical School in 1981 (Summa cum Laude). Completed residencies in Otorhinolaryngology at the University of Rome "La Sapienza" in 1984 (Summa cum Laude) and in Audiological Medicine at the University of Naples in 1989.
- Member of: the Aviation Medicine Committee of the Italian Aero Club; the Aerospace Medical Association (AsMA), U.S.A.; the Italian Aerospace Medical Association (AIMAS); the Italian Group on Eye Movements (GIMO); the European Low Gravity Research Association (ELGRA; associate member); the Aerospace Physiology Society, U.S.A.; the Italian Chronobiology Society.
- He has over 50 publications (full papers and abstracts), mostly in the areas of auditory and vestibular pathophysiology and of aerospace physiology and medicine.
- SPECIAL HONORS:
- International FAI (Fédération Aéronautique Internationale) Diamond Badge for Gliding (1985); Italian National Olympic Committee Bronze Medal for Sports Merit (for Gliding: 1989 and 1995); Italian Air Force Long Service Medal (1994).
- In 1983-1984, Dr. Urbani served as Medical Officer of the Italian Army, Medical Corps (2nd Lieutenant). Since 1985, he has been serving as Medical Officer in the Italian Air Force, Medical Corps. In 1985-1987 he was Chief of the Medical Service, Vigna di Valle AFB, Rome. Since the late 1987, he has been assigned as a research medical officer at D.A.S.R.S.-Department of Aerospace Medicine, Pratica di Mare AFB, Rome, where his last position has been Chief of the Audio-Vestibular Section. His current rank is Lieutenant Colonel. He qualified as Flight Surgeon at the U.S.A.F. School of Aerospace Medicine, Brooks AFB, Texas, where he was the top graduate of the 1989 AAMIMO Course (Advanced Aerospace Medicine for International Medical Officers ). From 1991 to the present, he has held an appointment as instructor of "Aerospace Physiological Techniques" at the Residency Program of Aerospace Medicine, University of Rome "La Sapienza." From 1993 to 1995, he has held an appointment as instructor of "Aerospace Medicine" at the Courses for Air Force Medical Officers, Italian Air Force Health School, Rome.
In 1991, Dr. Urbani was selected by the Italian Space Agency (ASI) as one of the five Italian astronaut candidates for the last European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut selection. Eventually, he participated in the ESA selection and was one of the two Italians retained in the group of candidates considered by ESA for the final selection.
In 1992, he participated in the ESA project "EXEMSI'92" (Experimental Campaign for the European Manned Space Infrastructure, performed at DLR, Koln, Germany) as a member of the EXPET team (Experimental Programme Execution Team) and as Principal Investigator of the experiment "Oculomotor Performance during Prolonged Isolation," one of the physiological experiments carried out
within the project.
In February 1994, he took part as crew member to CUS'94 Campaign (Columbus
Utilisation Simulation), ESA simulation of a long-term mission increment performed at the Columbus mockup in ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands.
- NASA EXPERIENCE:
- Following candidature by the Italian Space Agency, Dr. Urbani was selected by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in May 1995 as an Alternate Payload Specialist for the Life and Microgravity Spacelab (LMS) mission, STS-78, and began training for the flight duties of a Payload Specialist Astronaut at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. LMS is an international research mission scheduled for flight on June 1996 aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia. During the mission, Dr. Urbani will act as Crew Interface Coordinator in
the Payload Operations Control Center at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville.
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