Suzzara. Little Bruno cultivates a passion for astronomy. The meeting with Nespoli “an immense emotion”
SUZZARA. Bruno Cozzolino he is an 8 year old boy from Suzzara, about to attend third grade. And he has a dream: to be able to become an astronaut and to be the first man to set foot on Mars and go beyond the borders of our Galaxy. But he also wants to become an astrophysicist to discover new worlds, because the universe is infinite and he wants to explore and know as much as possible.
Bruno loves everything related to the new worlds: at the age of three he asked dad Peter and mom Miriam what those bright dots were shining in the sky and what that strange yellow ball was. Intrigued by the moon and the stars, he wanted his first telescope and, after a couple of years, he asked for another larger one in order to observe the celestial bodies.
«On July 18th – Bruno says with shining eyes – I was able to see the comet C / 2020 F3 Neowise. When time permits, I put myself out with my telescope to get some view. I also recently started doing astrophotography since my parents gave me a planetary camera ».
The boy also collects books on the universe: «I watch Cosmos-type documentaries, which I love, and I also have the Neil de Grasse Tyson who is a bit my idol ».
But the person to whom the little Bruno as a reference, from which he takes inspiration («It is my absolute myth») is the astronaut Paolo Nespoli, whom the child was lucky enough to meet thanks to a conference organized by the Planetarium of Modena. “For me it was an incredible emotion – he says -. For this reason I always tell my parents that I want to follow in his footsteps, go to study in America at the age of 18, but after taking the black judo belt”.
Bruno has clear ideas, he knows that his path will not be easy but if these are the premises … «I know it’s a difficult dream to realize, but it’s my dream and my parents do everything to help me, like going almost every Saturday at the astronomical observatory of Gorgo di San Benedetto Po of which I am also a member (I have the Astrofili Mantovani card) or at the Planetarium of Modena ».
Bruno asks mom and dad to make him do astronomy courses that are sometimes organized by the Suzzara library or by private entities. Every month he takes part in the Esa Kids competitions and has so far won two: on the Sun and on black holes. Finally, he also finished fourth in an ESA contest titled “MySpaceDream” where I precisely explained his dream.
“It’s true, I’m only 8 years old and the road is long – he says – but as my parents always say the impossible can become possible just believe it and have the will to make it happen”. Bruno, thanks to the initiative promoted by NASA, has sent his name online to be included in the data of “Perseverance”, the robot that will be launched to Mars this Thursday thanks to the Atlas V rocket, from Cape Canaveral (Florida – Usa).