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The Farnesina opens the exhibition “Looking Beyond”, a cooperation project with the Italian Space Agency and Telespazio/e-GEOS which will be staged in over 50 Countries by Embassies, Consulates and Italian Cultural Institutes

“Looking Beyond”, the satellite imagery exhibition promoted by the Farnesina together with the Italian Space Agency and Telespazio/e-GEOS and curated by Filippo Maggia, was opened today in Paris and Santiago.

Through a series of images acquired by the Italian COSMO-SkyMed satellite constellation owned by the Italian Space Agency and the Ministry of Defence, the project offers an opportunity to think about the contribution of satellite technologies to Earth observation, the promotion of sustainable development and the protection of the natural and cultural heritage.

The exhibition, put on by the Directorate General for Country Promotion, is part of the initiatives for the integrated promotion of Italy and Made in Italy and will be staged in over 50 Counties, also in light of the celebrations for National Space Day on 16 December. The initiative will also include seminars, meetings and debates to share Italy’s commitment to the field of space-related research, organized in cooperation with the network of Scientific and Space Attachés operating at Italian Embassies.

In his introduction Minister Antonio Tajani emphasized that “The Looking Beyond project bears witness to our approach to an increasingly integrated promotion of Italy, which enhances its economic, scientific, technological and cultural dimensions. The exhibition will be an additional opportunity to present and share a cutting-edge Italy, consciously committed to putting science at the service of peace, security and prosperity on our planet. We are proud of the commitment of the network of Scientific and Space Attachés and experts operating abroad in the diplomatic-consular offices and at the Italian Cultural Institutes, and in partnership with Italian businesses.”

According to Giorgio Saccoccia, President of the Italian Space Agency, “The Looking Beyond exhibition, strongly supported by the Italian Space Agency, together with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and Telespazio Spa/e-GEOS, helps us to look beyond in the world. Every day, we face the broadening of the horizon of possibilities, represented by major space exploration missions, the development of new technologies for Earth observation, the strengthening of infrastructures, and innovative space services for an increasingly higher number of economic sectors. In all these fields, Italy in space is the protagonist.”

Luigi Pasquali, Telespazio CEO, highlighted: “The images are the result of the most cutting-edge radar from the COSMO-SkyMed satellites, processed by e-GEOS. Today, thanks to the combination of remote sensing satellites and high-tech instruments on the ground we can know a lot about the health of the planet: we monitor glaciers, the temperature and pollution of oceans and air quality, and we can track the movements of wild fauna to preserve the ecosystems. Satellite data allow us to make decisions that can combine the interest of the individual and the common good.”

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