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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Italy, France and Germany signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the ‘SPACEFOUNDERS’ European program ‣

The Italian Space Agency (ASI), the French Space Agency (CNES) and the University of the Bundeswehr in Munich (UniBW) are committed to cooperating for ”SpaceFounders”, the European New Space accelerator launched in 2021 by CNES with UniBw MORE...

FRIDAY 12 MAY 2023

The fjords of Greenland observed by PRISMA ‣

The images shown on this page are elaborations of the visible and infrared bands of an acquisition over Greenland in May 2021 MORE...


The desertification of the Aral Sea ‣

This composition is obtained by processing a PRISMA image acquired in January 2021 on the Aral Sea area MORE...


JUICE is en route to unveil Jupiter’s secrets and Italy is onboard ‣

The European space science mission JUICE successfully launched into space.  State-of-the-art instruments developed and funded by the Italian Space Agency are featured aboard the probe. The Italian Agency has coordinated the participation in Juice of several entities, enterprises, and other national space agencies MORE...


Rivers in the tropical forest observed by PRISMA ‣

Iguazu Falls area observed by the Italian satellite MORE...