In 1992, the NASA and the ASI orbited Lageos-2 (Laser Geodynamics Satellites), the successor to Lageos-1, aimed at precisely defining the shape of Earth, determining the movements of the tectonic plates due to the continental drift and measuring some general relativity parameters theorized by Einstein, with a 10% precision.

Lageos-2 was launched from the Space Shuttle Columbia’s cargo bay by the Iris (Italian Research Interim Stage) propulsion system.

Iris, which transferred Lageos-2 at an altitude of about 6000 km, was developed by Alenia and Snia Bpd (Fiat group) for the motor part.

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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...

THURSDAY 15 OCTOBER 2020

ASI and JAXA sign the Memorandum of Cooperation ‣

The Space Agencies to cooperate in space activities for peaceful purposes MORE...

TUESDAY 13 OCTOBER 2020

International Partners Advance Cooperation with First Signings of the Artemis Accords   ‣

 International cooperation on and around the Moon as part of the Artemis program is taking a step forward today with the signing of the Artemis Accords between NASA and several partner countries MORE...

WEDNESDAY 07 OCTOBER 2020

1st Space Economy Leaders Meeting – Space20 ‣

Italian Space Agency (ASI) to host the 2nd Space Economy Leaders Meeting in 2021

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MONDAY 28 SEPTEMBER 2020

MARSIS, SALTY WATER BENEATH MARS’ SOUTH POLE CONFIRMED ‣

Marsis: New discovery of a complex system of hypersaline water ponds under the Martian South polar cap MORE...