On the way back to Earth

Today, Samantha Cristoforetti is returning from the International Space Station (ISS), making her the woman to have spent the longest period in space in space mission history. AstroSamantha will leave for Earth aboard the Soyuz shuttle along with the American…



Record collisions at Cern

After two years of stoppage for maintenance, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN in Geneva - the research centre directed by Fabiola Gianotti, is back in activity: on 3 June, in fact, the first collisions between protons accelerated to…



Samantha’s return from space postponed by one month

The return of AstroSamantha, scheduled for 14 May,has been postponed by one month. Issuing the news was the Russian space agency Interfax, which announced that astronauts Anton Shkaplerov, Samantha Cristoforetti and Terry Virts will stay aboard the International Space Station…



Seasons of the Sun discovered

We know that the Sun completes a cycle of activity in about eleven years. In reality, the activity of the Sun is not always so "regular"; in fact, sometimes this time turns out to be a bit shorter, sometimes a…



“Total eclipse of the sun”

On Friday, 20 March, it will be possible to observe a solar eclipse in Italy. The phenomenon will start at 9:20 a.m and end at around 11:45, with a peak of maximum darkness at 10.40. Depending on where you are…


Samantha Cristoforetti is Italy’s first woman in space

The International Space Station (ISS) has an Italian on board once again: after Luca Parmitano’s mission last year, at 10.01 pm (Italian local time) on Sunday 22 November, Samantha Cristoforetti took off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan headed for…


Rosetta and Philae, out to discover new comets

Yesterday, 12 November, both ESA - the European Space Agency - and science at large reached an important objective: the Rosetta lander, Philae, touched down on the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. After a 10-year journey covering 500 million kilometres, yesterday the ESA…


Fabiola Gianotti, an Italian woman to lead CERN

Excellent news for Italy and excellent news for women. Fabiola Gianotti is the new director general of CERN in Geneva, the world’s most important particle physics research centre. The Italian scientist won world attention as coordinator and spokesperson of the…


NASA space sounds

Have you have ever wondered what the solar system or the space shuttle sound like? Finally you have the chance to find out. In fact, NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) has recently created an account on SoundCloud, an audio-clip…

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