The study of the primordial Universe and gravitation laws

The arrival of the space era led to an impressive development of knowledge in the industry of cosmology, i.e. the study of the origin (and the destiny) of the Universe and the formation of the first structures. Born and developed in the optical band, including the use of the Hubble Space Telescope, this industry evolved towards the study of diffuse background radiation, in the microwave band, and large-scale structures evolving on cosmological times, for which observation is key in the infrared and millimetre ranges. Therefore, the observation of space has become critical to the development of knowledge in this industry. Thanks to space missions, the knowledge acquired in the last few years had a strong impact not only within the scientific community, but also on the public opinion, since they entail answers to the key questions on the origin and the end of the Universe.

‣ All the missions

Gaia

Gaia ‣

Gaia is a mission of the ESA scientific programme, aimed at obtaining a three-dimensional map of our galaxy by showing its composition, formation and evolution


EUCLID

EUCLID ‣

Euclid was the second Medium-class (M2) mission of the ESA Scientific Programme and aims at improving the knowledge on dark matter and dark energy

LISA

LISA ‣

LISA (Laser Interferometer Space Antenna) is the ESA’s future mission aimed at detecting gravitational waves from space, which involves manufacturing, launching and operating a constellation of three satellites which are millions of kilometers away from each other

HERSCHEL

HERSCHEL ‣

Herschel is an ESA 3.5 diameter telescope, operating in the far infrared and submillimetre range

PAMELA

PAMELA ‣

The PAMELA space mission is part of the RIM (Russian-Italian-Missions) programme and is an advanced observatory to study cosmic rays

LISA PATHFINDER

LISA PATHFINDER ‣

The LISA Pathfinder space mission is the technological forerunner of the gravitational waves space observatory planned by the ESA as the third large-scale mission of its Cosmic Vision scientific programme

PLANCK

PLANCK ‣

The Planck mission is the third Medium-Sized Mission (M3) of the ESA Horizon 2000 programme and aims at studying the cosmic microwave background

‣ News

MONDAY 19 APRIL 2021

ENTRUSTED survey is under way ‣

ENTRUSTED is a European research project coordinated by the European GNSS Agency MORE...

WEDNESDAY 31 MARCH 2021

THE UNDERSECRETARY TO THE PRESIDENCY OF THE COUNCIL, BRUNO TABACCI, VISITS THE ASI ‣

After receiving the mandate for space activities by the Prime Minister, Mario Draghi, on March 19th, 2021, the honorable Bruno Tabacci visited the Italian Space Agency premises MORE...

WEDNESDAY 31 MARCH 2021

THE LAUNCH OF MORE-ASI, A NEW INITIATIVE FOR THE SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY ‣

A cycle of monthly virtual meetings on space sciences MORE...

WEDNESDAY 10 FEBRUARY 2021

COSMO-SkyMed data capture the reawakening of Hawaiʻi’s Kīlauea Volcano ‣

Results from Hawaii Supersite, a CEOS WG Disasters supported initiative MORE...

THURSDAY 17 DECEMBER 2020

Josef Aschbacher is the new ESA Director General ‣

The ESA Council appointed Dr Josef Aschbacher as the next Director General of ESA MORE...