A learning initiative to link the world of school with the world of research

The International Space Station is the largest international cooperation programme ever started in the history of Science and Technology: an amazing “orbiting house” that hosts six astronauts and continuously “turns” around our planet, at a speed of 28.000 km/h and at an altitude of about 450 km. A unique laboratory due to the conditions it offers (not just microgravity), where it’s possible to carry out unique experiments. LISS (Lessons on the International Space Station) was born in the school year 2014/15 as a learning pilot project by the Italian Space Agency, aimed at helping everyone to better understand this particular and small “world” and to establish a direct link between the world of school and the world of University and research on space.

The activities proposed in the framework of the LISS project were designed and developed in partnership with four different Universities: the Statale University of Milan, the University of Naples Federico II, the University of Rome Tor Vergata and the University of Sassari, but a key contribution was also provided by the seven Italian astronauts: Franco Malerba, Maurizio Cheli, Umberto Guidoni, Roberto Vittori, Paolo Nespoli, Luca Parmitano and Samantha Cristoforetti.

The textbook born from this experience is divided in six chapters and is available to everyone in its e-book version. 

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FRIDAY 17 JUNE 2022

World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought 17/06/2022 – PRISMA for “rising up from drought together” ‣

The hyperspectral satellite PRISMA of the Italian Space Agency contributes to environmental monitoring by measuring in detail the properties of the Earth surface MORE...

THURSDAY 16 JUNE 2022

ARTEMIS MISSION: SIGNED AGREEMENT BETWEEN ASI AND NASA ‣

The Italian Space Agency (ASI) will cooperate with NASA to conduct a preliminary design study of the Lunar Surface multi-purpose Habitation Module(s) proposed by ASI for the Artemis program. The agreement has been signed by the President of the Italian Space Agency (ASI), Giorgio Saccoccia, and the Administrator of NASA, Bill Nelson MORE...

WEDNESDAY 15 JUNE 2022

NASA, Partner Agency Leaders to Talk to Space Station Astronauts ‣

On June 17 at  1:40 p.m NASA Administrator Bill Nelson, Deputy Administrator Pam Melroy, Italian Space Agency (ASI) President Giorgio Saccoccia, and U.S. embassy leadership will speak with astronauts aboard the ISS MORE...

SATURDAY 04 JUNE 2022

Material detection based on PRISMA data: photovoltaic panel detection ‣

The prototypal processor “Material detection” has been developed in the framework of the ASI project “Sviluppo di Prodotti Iperspettrali Prototipali Evoluti”, the main objective of which is the prototyping of a subset of L3/L4 value-added products to be retrieved by means of hyperspectral data processing MORE...

WEDNESDAY 01 JUNE 2022

LICIACube data archived and enhanced by ASI-SSDC ‣

The role of ASI also comprise data management and dissemination, by managing the Scientific Operations Center (SOC) made possible thanks to the Space Science Data Center MORE...