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Division of Space Activities


Coordinator: Roberto Della Ceca

Tel.: 06 355 33 212/ 02 72320333

Mobile:   335 1587514

Engineering support:

Andrea Argan :Tel.: 06 355 33 330

Technical secretary:

Marco Santoro: Tel.: 06 355 33 212
Fax: 06 355 33 359


The Space activities department was established by the INAF administrative advisory panel on 10th February 2005, and was conceived to create the conditions necessary for the development of space-based  research programs in a multi-national context.

Its main activities are:

- monitoring of INAF's space programs;
- providing a link between ASI and INAF's scientific community;
- providing support for the initialisation of scientific activity of common interest via a "negotiating table" between ASI and INAF;
- giving support to personnel during all successive phases of negotiation with ASI (draft agreements, progress and final meetings);
- providing a link and support for ongoing space activities involving INAF and universities;
- giving support to the management of the ASI Science Data Centre;
- giving management support to engineering and product assurance of programs that involve INAF institutes;
- reporting, where appropriate, to the INAF CDA and CS on progress in the various areas.

Internal report UOAS n. 1/2011 "Contracts and agreements following the UOAS"

Internal report UOAS n. 2/2011 "INAF Space Projects"

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Light in Astronomy 2017

Nov 14, 2017

Light in Astronomy 2017 Light in Astronomy, organized by INAF in collaboration with the Italian Astronomical Society-SAIt, will be a week (13-19 November) dedicated to satisfying curiosity about the Universe thanks to the opening in Italy of INAF premises, including the astronomical observatories.

Marsis radar reveals that on Mars all that echoes is not ice

Oct 28, 2017

Marsis radar reveals that on Mars all that echoes is not ice The low dielectric constant of the Meridiani Planum deposits is consistent with a thick layer of ice-free, porous, basaltic sand. This study is fundamental to identify techniques that may help find the planet’s areas with accessible water ice.

A 3D step towards sorting out the Gamma-Ray Bursts zoo

Oct 13, 2017

A 3D step towards sorting out the Gamma-Ray Bursts zoo A powerful tool for characterizing and classifying gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) to allow their use as tracers of the expansion history of the universe has recently been presented by an international team of researchers led by Dr. Maria Dainotti