La fantascienza ci ha ormai abituati a salire a bordo di potenti astronavi in grado di trasportarci dovunque nello spazio, inducendoci inevitabilmente a sottovalutare quanto possa essere letale questo ambiente. Oltre alle eccezionali sfide tecnologiche che si dovranno affrontare e vincere, infatti, lo scenario di un viaggio spaziale, specialmente una missione di lunga durata, porta inevitabilmente con sé terribili rischi.
Despite the not-always adequate coverage provided by the Italian media, the European Rosetta Mission, which carried out in the last days the first landing on a comet in history, kept the whole world holding its breath and has been an extraordinary scientific, technological and organizational success. When initially proposed by ESA – the European Space Agency – the aim of the mission was practically science fiction. But thanks to the cooperation of thousands of scientists from tens of research bodies and to an effective partnership networks with state-of-the-art aerospa
The Institute of Radio Astronomy (IRA), whose role is recognized at the international level, is the academic institution where radio astronomy research is traditionally carried out in Italy. We had the pleasure to speak with its director, Luigina Feretti.
What are the main projects currently active at IRA?