The first National Space Day is born in Italy, which will be celebrated on December 16, in memory of the launch of the first Italian satellite San Marco 1, which took place on 15 December 1964. This launch allowed Italy to be among the very first countries in the world to overcome the earth’s atmosphere. The National Space Day was established with a Directive of the President of the Council of Ministers of 14 October which landed in the Official Gazette on 18 November last. The National Space Day was born on the proposal of the Minister for Technological Innovation and Digital Transition, Vittorio Colao, delegate for space and aerospace policies.
The ASI explains that the goal of the establishment of the National Day is to raise awareness and loyalty among Italian citizens in space activities, in terms of growth, well-being, image and international role of our country. For this reason all national realities have been called to take action, in the context of the various competences, in the organization of communication and awareness-raising initiatives on the space sector. They will be, for this, involved participating with its own initiatives, research bodies, universities, museums and companies from all over the peninsula, that will open the doors to the public with different activities throughout the day.
The Italian Space Agency will inaugurate the National Space Day with an event opened by the minister for technological innovation and digital transition delegated to space and aerospace policies, Vittorio Colao, and the president of ASI Giorgio Saccoccia, and then continue with a program dedicated to schools and beyond.