NASA and ASI to Explore Mercury Together


20 June 2013 – Washington, DC, USA and Rome, Italy – At a meeting in Rome, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and Italian Space Agency (ASI) President Enrico Saggese have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation on the European Space Agency (ESA) – led BepiColombo mission to Mercury, strengthening mutually beneficial cooperation between NASA and ASI in planetary exploration.

bolden-and-saggeseBolden and Saggese also discussed NASA’s plans for a new asteroid initiative, previously announced in President Obama’s fiscal year 2014 budget proposal. Saggese expressed the strong interest of Italy for the initiative and welcomed the opportunity to discuss potential ASI participation in a long-term exploration strategy.

The Italian Space Agency (ASI) was founded in 1988 to coordinate Italy’s efforts and investments in the space sector that had begun in the 1960s. ASI has become a significant player in space science, satellite technologies and mobile systems for exploring the Universe. Today, ASI has a key role at the European level where Italy is the third contributor country to the European Space Agency. For more, visit http://www.asi.it/en/agency/about.

Created in 1958, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is America’s focal point for research, development and exploration of outer space.  For over 50 years, NASA has been leading the world in the development and usage of advanced program and project management.  Additional information about NASA can be found at www.nasa.gov.

Source: NASA