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In 2007 there were the celebrations for the fiftieth anniversary of the launching of the first artificial satellite,  the Sputnik; and  on 20 July 1969 at 9.39 p.m. (21 July at 4.56 a.m. in Italy), Neil Armstrong started slowly descending the steps of the ladder outside the lunar excursion module, or LEM. In the mid 70s, planet Mars, our neighbour became a fundamental objective and the American mission Phoenix, that will bring a new lander to the northern polar regions of Mars, to inspect Martian soil, was launched on the 4th of August this year.
The Aurora Programme of ESA, the European Space Agency, is a long term programme to explore the Solar System that will culminate with the first human voyage to Mars in 2030 and will also see  man’s return on the Moon.
The  MELISSA project  (Micro-Ecological Life Support System Alternative)  studies exactly how, by using microorganisms and superior plants, it can be possible to reconstruct a vital cycle, that is fundamental for the survival of mankind, plants and bacteria.
The history of space exploration  is a recent one that is well worth discovering.

subjects dealt with in Space exploration

First steps in space

Space exploration belongs to our recent history. In fact, 2007 marked the first fifty-year celebrations of the launch of the…

Space Missions

How is a probe launched into space? In order to succeed in sending any object into space, or even simply…

special reports

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    From the Moon to Jupiter via Mars: Space exploration in 2022

    The year 2022 will also be full of new space missions: from the Moon to Mars, to the moons of…

    20 March 2022 / Space

    Spring is back

    While the temperatures of the last days of winter and the first shoots and buds on the trees had already…

    22 January 2021 / Space

    Are we children of stock cubes?

    In primary school, we learned that life began in the "primordial soup", that is, in the warm ocean that covered…

  • 20 December 2020 / Space

    Twinkle twinkle little star

    The Star of the Magi competes with the Angel for the place of honour on the ridge-pole of the stable.…

    13 December 2020 / Space

    St. Lucy’s night: a night of shooting stars

    In Italy, St. Lucy’s night  is known traditionally as “the shortest night of the year”, but due to the passage…

    27 October 2020 / Space

    Wet moon, lucky moon

    On Monday 26 October 2020, NASA revealed a sensational discovery about our Moon: there is definitely water, also on its…

  • 2 October 2020 / Space

    The Sun is heating up again: a new solar cycle is beginning

    Summer has just ended but the sun has yet to start to "warm up". Our star is a huge furnace…

    16 September 2020 / Space

    Is there life on Venus?

    We call them "Martians" because, in science fiction, Mars has always been the natural home of extraterrestrials. In fact, of…

    29 August 2019 / Space

    The Fermi paradox

    In our galaxy, the Milky Way, there are over 100 billion stars. Around us, we have discovered 100 billion more…

  • 14 April 2022 / Space

    From the Moon to Jupiter via Mars: Space exploration in 2022

    The year 2022 will also be full of new space missions: from the Moon to Mars, to the moons of…

    20 March 2022 / Space

    Spring is back

    While the temperatures of the last days of winter and the first shoots and buds on the trees had already…

  • 22 January 2021 / Space

    Are we children of stock cubes?

    In primary school, we learned that life began in the "primordial soup", that is, in the warm ocean that covered…

    20 December 2020 / Space

    Twinkle twinkle little star

    The Star of the Magi competes with the Angel for the place of honour on the ridge-pole of the stable.…

  • 13 December 2020 / Space

    St. Lucy’s night: a night of shooting stars

    In Italy, St. Lucy’s night  is known traditionally as “the shortest night of the year”, but due to the passage…

    27 October 2020 / Space

    Wet moon, lucky moon

    On Monday 26 October 2020, NASA revealed a sensational discovery about our Moon: there is definitely water, also on its…

  • 2 October 2020 / Space

    The Sun is heating up again: a new solar cycle is beginning

    Summer has just ended but the sun has yet to start to "warm up". Our star is a huge furnace…

    16 September 2020 / Space

    Is there life on Venus?

    We call them "Martians" because, in science fiction, Mars has always been the natural home of extraterrestrials. In fact, of…

  • 29 August 2019 / Space

    The Fermi paradox

    In our galaxy, the Milky Way, there are over 100 billion stars. Around us, we have discovered 100 billion more…

  • 14 April 2022 / Space

    From the Moon to Jupiter via Mars: Space exploration in 2022

    The year 2022 will also be full of new space missions: from the Moon to Mars, to the moons of…

  • 20 March 2022 / Space

    Spring is back

    While the temperatures of the last days of winter and the first shoots and buds on the trees had already…

  • 22 January 2021 / Space

    Are we children of stock cubes?

    In primary school, we learned that life began in the "primordial soup", that is, in the warm ocean that covered…

  • 20 December 2020 / Space

    Twinkle twinkle little star

    The Star of the Magi competes with the Angel for the place of honour on the ridge-pole of the stable.…

  • 13 December 2020 / Space

    St. Lucy’s night: a night of shooting stars

    In Italy, St. Lucy’s night  is known traditionally as “the shortest night of the year”, but due to the passage…

  • 27 October 2020 / Space

    Wet moon, lucky moon

    On Monday 26 October 2020, NASA revealed a sensational discovery about our Moon: there is definitely water, also on its…

  • 2 October 2020 / Space

    The Sun is heating up again: a new solar cycle is beginning

    Summer has just ended but the sun has yet to start to "warm up". Our star is a huge furnace…

  • 16 September 2020 / Space

    Is there life on Venus?

    We call them "Martians" because, in science fiction, Mars has always been the natural home of extraterrestrials. In fact, of…

  • 29 August 2019 / Space

    The Fermi paradox

    In our galaxy, the Milky Way, there are over 100 billion stars. Around us, we have discovered 100 billion more…

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