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Battiston visits SatCen

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 19:08
On 3 May, Prof. Roberto Battiston, President of the Italian Space Agency (ASI), together with Enrico Russo, Technical Director, visited SatCen and was given an overview of the Centre’s latest activities.   Language English

Cassini Finds 'The Big Empty' Close to Saturn

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 17:16
As NASA's Cassini spacecraft prepares to shoot the narrow gap between Saturn and its rings for the second time in its Grand Finale, Cassini engineers are delighted, while ring scientists are puzzled, that the region appears to be relatively dust-free. This assessment is based on data Cassini collected during its first dive through the region on April 26. With this information in hand, the Cassini team will now move forward with its preferred plan of science observations. Language English

A Step Forward for Solar Orbiter

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 18:18
An important milestone reached today by the European Space Agency mission, Solar Orbiter, scheduled for launch by the end of 2019. Thales Alenia Space, a joint venture between Thales 67% and Leonardo 33%, today announced the completion of the thermal shield Realized on behalf of Airbus Defense and Space and the delivery of the Metis Instrument (Multi Element Telescope for Imaging and Spectroscopy) realized by the Italian Space Agency.   Language English

Dawn Observing Ceres: 3rd Reaction Wheel Malfunctions

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 13:32
NASA's Dawn spacecraft is preparing to observe Ceres on April 29 from an "opposition" position, directly between the dwarf planet’s mysterious Occator Crater and the sun. This unique geometry may yield new insights about the bright material in the center of the crater. Language English

NASA says yes to JUICE

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 16:00
NASA’s partnership in a future European Space Agency (ESA) mission to Jupiter and its moons has cleared a key milestone, moving from preliminary instrument design to implementation phase.  Designed to investigate the emergence of habitable worlds around gas giants, the JUpiter ICy Moons Explorer (JUICE) is scheduled to launch in five years, arriving at Jupiter in October 2029. Language English

Open Universe:Space Science data for everybody

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 14:25
International experts gathered at the headquarters of the Italian Space Agency (ASI), in Rome for a two-day meeting (April 11-12, 2017) dedicated to “Open Universe”, an initiative proposed by Italy to the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS).   Language English

Early Results from the Juno Mission at Jupiter

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 10:47
On May 3 2017 at 15:30, ASI Headquarters will host a lecture by S. Bolton (Southwest Research Institute), the Principal Investigator for NASA’s JUNO mission, and J. Connerney (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center) on the “Early Results from the Juno Mission at Jupiter”. Language English

Workshop Space Weather

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 14:52
The Embassy of Italy to USA in Washington will host, on May 18 2017, a workshop on "Space Weather as a global challenge" with a focus on research, operations and preparedness. The event is organized in cooperation with the U.S. Department of State.  Language English

ASI at the 33rd Space Symposium

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 13:05
At the 33rd Space Symposium in Colorado Springs the Italian Space Agency (ASI) outlines how international space programs and partnerships are the basis of future Italian space programs.  The strategy is delineated in the new Document of Strategic Vision 2016 – 2025 (DVS) that complements the National Research Program and shapes ASI vision for the future providing the medium to long term space agenda.   Language English

ASITV: In search of lost probes

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 12:31
Video transcript - Using a radar “eye” to track down lost probes from Earth. Finding abandoned space vehicles floating in anarchic orbits, or dangerous junk wandering aimlessly, is definitely an interesting technological challenge. And while it may be difficult to pick up clues about the position of retired missions around our own planet, it is that much harder if they're lost around the Moon. Language English

ASITV: Stardust at the dawn of the universe

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 12:25
Video transcript - Stardust in the infant universe. The Chilean ESO ALMA observatory has focussed on a distant, young galaxy, full of...interstellar dust, seen by exploiting the gravitational lens effect. The galaxy is named A2744_YD4, and is the most distant group of stars ever seen by the ALMA telescope. Language English

The electric sands of Titan

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 14:33
Experiments led by researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology suggest the particles that cover the surface of Saturn's largest moon, Titan, are "electrically charged." When the wind blows hard enough Titan's non-silicate granules get kicked up and start to hop in a motion referred to as saltation. Language English

Hide and seek between the rings

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 13:25
What appears as a pair of bright dashes at the center of this image is one of the features rings scientists have dubbed "propellers". This particular propeller, named Bleriot, marks the presence of a body that is much larger than the particles that surround it, yet too small to clear out a complete gap in the rings (like Pan and Daphnis) and become a moon in its own right. Language English

Juno completed its fifth flyby

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 17:06
NASA's Juno spacecraft completed its fifth flyby over Jupiter's mysterious cloud tops on today, at 10.52 am. At the time of closest approach (called perijove), Juno was about 4,400 kilometers above the planet's cloud tops, traveling at a speed of about 57.8 kilometers per second relative to the gas-giant planet. Language English

Ice in Ceres' Shadowed Craters Linked to Tilt History

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 14:36
Dwarf planet Ceres may be hundreds of millions of miles from Jupiter, and even farther from Saturn, but the tremendous influence of gravity from these gas giants has an appreciable effect on Ceres' orientation. In a new study, researchers from NASA's Dawn mission calculate that the axial tilt of Ceres -- the angle at which it spins as it journeys around the sun -- varies widely over the course of about 24,500 years. Language English

Cassini zoom in on A ring

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 13:13
NASA's Cassini spacecraft zoomed in on Saturn's A ring, revealing narrow, detailed structures that get even finer as the cameras' resolution increases. Even at this level of detail, it is still not fine enough to resolve the individual particles that make up the ring.   Language English

Vega, mission accomplished

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 09:50
Vega's ninth success. The European launcher designed, developed and built by Avio in Italy has successfully completed its first mission in 2017, placing satellite Sentinel 2B correctly in orbit. Sentinel is the new environmental satellite designed to monitor the health of the planet's green areas. Lift-off took place yesterday at 10.49 pm (2.49 am in Italy) from the ESA base in Kourou, French Guyana.  Language English

Avio in the heart of Europe

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 09:43
Antonio Tajani, President of the European Parliament, has visited the Avio facilities in Colleferro, where he got a preview of the P120C, the largest solid propellant, monolithic carbon fibre motor ever built.  Language English

Enceladus' boiling

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 09:24
A new study in the journal Nature Astronomy reports that the south polar region of Saturn's icy moon Enceladus is warmer than expected just a few metres below its icy surface. This suggests that Enceladus' ocean of liquid water might be only a couple of km beneath this region, closer to the surface than previously thought. Language English

ASITV: The “transforming” island

Thu, 03/02/2017 - 12:27
Video transcript - An island in the Aleutian archipelago in Alaska has undergone profound morphological changes caused by the violent eruptions affecting the island's volcano since December. Language English