The first images of Pluto have arrived

NASA has published the first images taken by the New Horizons space probe as it flew by Pluto. Attention focussed on the presence of mountains as high as 3500 metres, craters and canyons. From initial observations, it would seem that…



New Horizons meets Pluto

Tuesday, 14 July at 13:49 Italian time, NASA's New Horizons space probe will fly past Pluto, at an altitude of 12,500 kilometres, and past Charon, the largest of its moons. The probe began its long voyage on 19 January 2006,…



The first images of Sentinel-2A have arrived

The Sentinel-2A Europa satellite, in orbit since just a few days, is already at work; today, in fact, it sent the first images of the Earth. The launch of Sentinel-2A took place on 23 June at 3:51 Italian time from…



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…

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