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Event on Space Exploration –  Quo vadimus?

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Dear All,

this year, once again, we commemorate a significant occasion established by MAECI in honor of the launch of Italy’s first satellite, the “San Marco 1”, on December 15th, 1964. This date marked Italy’s ascent as the third country globally to venture beyond Earth’s atmosphere.

On December 15th,  the Consulate General of Italy in Houston and the Space Institute of Rice University, invite you to the

Event on Space Exploration –  Quo vadimus?

See the trailer on the Consulate General of Italy’s YouTube Channel

The event is in synergy and aligned with the events organized at our Embassy in Washington on December 13th and 14th .

It reflects the spirit of the longstanding and fruitful collaboration in the aerospace sector between the USA and Italy.

As Houston emerges as a growing global hub for the aerospace sector, we seize the opportunity to collectively celebrate the efforts, challenges, and activities in the field that, through innovation and technology, can contribute to increased sustainability and a better quality of life on Earth.

Event Details:

  • Theme: Space Exploration
  • Title: Quo vadimus?
  • Venue: 101 Brockman Hall for Physics, Rice University, Houston (map)
  • Time: From 8:15 am to 3 pm

Please register at the link (crucial for logistic planning)

Attached is a preliminary agenda.

Distinguished speakers: Dr. Roberto Provera, Director New Initiatives, Partnerships and Innovation, Exploration and Science, Thales Alenia Space, Italy; Dr. Francesco Fusco, Propulsion Engineer, Boeing, Houston; Dr. Vittorio Netti, Researcher at Sasakawa International Center for Space Architecture, University of Houston; Dr. Nadia Agha, Depart. of Kinesiology, Rice University, Houston; Prof. Gianni Royer-Carfagni – University of Parma, CEO of Spaceglass SRL, Italy; Prof. Andrea Isella, Depart. of Physics and Astronomy, Rice University, Houston.

Panel moderated by Dr. Christine Galib – Senior Director, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, ION, Houston.

Distinguished panelists include:  Col. Luca Parmitano, Italian Astronaut, ESA; Prof. Marcia O’Malley, Chair, Depart. of Mechanical Engineering, Rice University, Houston; Dr. Michelle Rucker, Mars Architecture Team Lead for the Exploration Systems Development, Mission Directorate, NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston; Dr. Marcello Azzoni, Chief Research and Development Spacewear, Italy.

Thank you, we eagerly anticipate meeting you there.

The event is in collaboration with: The Rice Space Institute of Rice University, Houston; Thales Alenia Space, Italy; Spacewear, Italy; Italian Trade Agency, Houston; Italy-America Chamber of Commerce of Texas, Houston; Associations of Italian Researchers in the Consulate area: ISSNAF-WSC and TSIC; Italian Cultural Institute, Los Angeles; Italian Cultural & Community Center, Houston; COMITES (Committee of Italians Abroad).