Matera, the Asi Center promotes the permanent Space Museum

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The ASI Space Center in Matera will invest in a permanent space museum. «It will be a center open to the public to expand scientific dissemination activities, bring young generations closer to the world of research, technology and scientific disciplines, and to make everyone understand the role and importance of the space sector of which we are among world leaders.” This was reiterated by the president of ASI, Teodoro Valente, underlining that «the Italian Space Agency is focusing heavily on the Basilicata base which, due to its strategic position in the center of the Mediterranean, will be able to apply as a hub for the development of space technologies for southern Italy and for the countries of the wider Mediterranean”.

Investments in projects in Matera amount to approximately 200 million with contributions from the traditional ASI financing funds, PNRR funds, complementary fund and regional ERDF funds.

«The health and sustainability of the entire geopolitical area are of primary importance and closely linked to the development and resilience of our country. Space technologies can be an important enabler. With the expansion of the base and the creation of a museum complex – said Valente – we want to make a laboratory online and available to universities, research centers and companies where they can design and test new solutions. It is a high profile objective for which we are working hard.”

The Matera hub is already a center of great importance for the disciplines of earth observation, geodesy, space traffic management and space waste tracking, quantum communications, but now the goal is to give it greater international relevance. «Space is a driving economic sector that has fundamental returns for daily life. Benefits – Valente recalled – which are not always visible in a tangible way while the effects are deeply rooted in our way of living and working”. Hence the importance of a museum, looking at young people, who are increasingly fascinated by space research, but also at the general non-specialist public.

«It is important to make people understand that Italy’s space economy is a fundamental pillar of Made in Italy, destined to play an increasingly important role in the development of the national economy. The sector – the president of ASI continued – can count on world-class excellence in the scientific and technological fields and on important resources, which generate great opportunities but also great responsibilities”.

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