Stefano Coledan was born and raised in the Italian Dolomites, where he launched model rockets from his family's rooftop and learned English by listening to the Voice of America's coverage of the Apollo moonshots. He saw his first space shuttle launch from Cape Canaveral in 1991 and moved there three years later as a correspondent for a number of publications. Fluent in four languages, he's been on the space beat ever since.
A brief primer on the safety gear that will show its mettle during a flight test tomorrow (July 2).
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