Gloria Coco, a 72-year-old Italian actress, will become the oldest woman in Europe to take part in a space flight. Deemed as the “space granny,” Coco has completed three training courses and is preparing for the takeoff which will take place later this year at the NASA Space Center in Houston.
“As soon as I heard about this space flight, I called, I qualified and I told them that I was 70 years old. They accepted me immediately,” said Coco. The flight will focus on scientific research and “will test the reaction of her brain in various states of gravity,” said Carlo Viberti, president of Spaceland. The first non-government space agency recognized by the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency, Spaceland organized the entire project. They hope the results will assist in research against Alzheimer’s disease.
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