Space Habitability

Italy and the International Space Station

The International Space Station (ISS) is one of the most important and ambitious cooperation programmes at the international level in the scientific and technological field ever undertaken and can be considered the greatest engineering work ever achieved by man. With the launch of the logistics module Leonardo, which took place in March 2001, Italy has become the third nation, after Russia and the United States, to send an ISS element into orbit. Thanks to its pressurised laboratories and external platforms, the ISS, once it is completed, will be a veritable international orbiting laboratory for multidisciplinary research and will afford researchers opportunities without precedent in science and technology in research areas such as physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, physiology, Earth and universe sciences.