Dedicated initiatives promoted by Italian public administrations, Italian research bodies, universities, museums and companies, open to the public, to raise awareness of the importance of the sector.
The Italian Space Agency (ASI) will inaugurate the Italian Space Day with an event opened by the Italian Minister in charge of space and aerospace activities, Vittorio Colao, the president of ASI, Giorgio Saccoccia and the Italian Minister of University and Research, Maria Cristina Messa.
On December 16th of each year will be celebrated the Italian Space Day. Established by directive of the Italian Prime Minister of October 14th to celebrate the launch of the first Italian satellite, San Marco 1, which took place on December 15th, 1964, which allowed Italy to be among the first countries in the world to overcome the Earth’s atmosphere. Since then Italy boasts many records in space and has become one of the main actors on the international scene.
The objective of the establishment of the National Day is to raise awareness of Italian citizens to space activities. Space is closer to citizens and to our daily life than we imagine. The contributions that science and technology applied to Space, bring to the improvement of the human condition and the returns that the sector and its services offer in terms of economic growth, welfare, sustainable development, environmental protection and international prestige of our country, will be the common thread that accompanies all the activities of the first national event.
For this reason, on the occasion of the first day, all the national realities have been called to activate, within their different competences, the organization of communication and awareness initiatives on the space sector. For this reason, research institutions, universities, museums and companies from all over the peninsula will be involved, opening their doors to the public with different activities during the day.