Vanna Bonta (Vanna Bonta)

Vanna Bonta

Vanna Bonta was born in the United States to Maria Luisa Bonta (née Ugolini), an artist from Florence, Italy, and James Cecil Bonta, a military officer from Kentucky. Her mother’s elder sister was Italian children’s author Lydia Ugolini. In 1995, Bonta’s first novel, Flight: A Quantum Fiction Novel was published. Flight has been characterized as “inter-genre” (belonging to more than one genre simultaneously) by the American Library Association, which reviewed it an “auspicious, genre-bending parable”. Publishers Weekly described the debut work as running the gamut of particularly moving to quirky and hilarious satire, with “asides about bathtub books, self-doubt tapes and other foibles.” In 2013, a haiku Bonta wrote was one of over 1100 that was launched to Mars on the NASA spacecraft MAVEN. The haikus for the Mars trip were chosen by popular vote from a total 12,530 submissions. Vanna Bonta’s submission was ranked in the top five. In 2006, Bonta gave talks about an invention she called the 2suit, a flight garment that can be attached to another 2suit to allow two or more people to stay in proximity to one another in low-gravity environments. Although it had several other potential applications, its primary purpose was to enable sex in space. Producers of the History Channel television series The Universe approached Bonta in 2008, offering to manufacture a prototype of the 2suit and send Bonta into zero gravity to test it. She accepted. On the 2suit’s segment of the episode, Bonta and her husband demonstrated how the suit works by kissing while installed in it. The documentary concluded that the “2Suit is one small step for humankind colonizing the universe.” The 2suit received significant media attention after the episode, titled Sex in Space, aired in 2009. From 2007-09, she participated in the annual Lunar Lander Challenge, a competition sponsored by NASA and Northrop Grumman to commercially build a lightweight spacecraft for landing on the moon. Bonta was a team member of BonNovA. As creative director, Bonta designed a pressure-release device for high-combustion engines.

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Born

  • April, 03, 1958
  • Florence, Italy

Died

  • July, 08, 2014
  • USA
  • Los Angeles, California

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