To learn more about what dell'Agenzia Spaziale Italiana (ASI) is doing to get students inspired about human spaceflight, check out

To learn more about what ESA is doing to get students inspired about human spaceflight, check out

Italian News

  • Base station walkback... What a long walk!

    We are so fast that the photos are blurry!

    Hi aspiring astronauts,

    In the gym we simulated an adventure with the rover on Mars and imagined that our rover broke down. Oh no! As it would take an inifinite amount of time for a mechanic to come(!), we had to walk all the way back to our base station before our oxygen ran out.

    As the activity was about endurance, completing an activity over a long distance, we jogged around the gym for long periods of time. Then we did an activity in which we needed to sprint like Usain Bolt! We sprinted the length of the gym and then walked back. We repeated this many times. Wow, we are really getting fit!

    We are ambitious future astronauts!
    See you in space!
    The Italian Space Cadets

    Bloggers: Laraib, Agata and Marie

    Sprinting and walking back to our base station. Walking and back before our oxygen runs out!
  • WOOSH!! Lightening speed!

    Tennis balls flying around like comets! Watch out!

    The first experience we did for speed of light was in the classroom and it consisted of holding your ruler with 2 fingers and then dropping and catching it. This exercised improved our hand-eye coordination.

    The second exercise we did was tennis activities in the gym. We all had a tennis racket and in pairs we hit the ball to each other trying to improve our hand-eye coordination. This was easier said than done, lets just say the tennis balls in the gym looked like comets and asteroids wizzing through the solar system, they were flying everywhere! We must do this activity again to improve!

    The third and last activity we did to improve hand-eye coordination was play baseball. We divided the class in to two teams and we played! There was the pitcher, the fielders, and a batting team. After hitting the ball, the batter needed to run as fast as he could to touch the base. This activity definitely helped improve our hand-eye coordination, speed and precision.

    Hand-eye coordination in the classroom Hand-eye coordination in the classroom
  • Hamburger and Fries Soup!

    Alberto and Niccolò conducting the experiment

    Today we talked about that blobby, gooey, sticky and slimy thing called FAT!
    We learned about visible and invisible fat. We determined that visible fat can be seen on food like meat, ham, sausages and bacon. Then we talked about invisible fat,which is fat that we know is there but is not easily visible. We brainstormed different types of fatty foods such as fast food cheeseburgers, fries, fried chicken and hot dogs. Our teacher surprised us by presenting us with a hamburger and fries purchased from a fast food restaurant. Our teacher presented us a problem: How can we visualise invisible fat?
    As the Italian Space Cadets are brilliant scientists we determined that by heating it we could see the fat. Our teacher gave us some tips and we conducted a scientific experiment using all the steps in the scientific method. We made an emulsion using the food, mixed it with water, boiled it, cooled it and then we observed the fat which formed a layer on the top.

  • Explorers + Medics = Discovery

    The explorers!

    Another astronaut mission for the Italian Space Cadets!
    We divided ourselves in pairs. One Cadet was the Medic and the other was the Explorer. The Medic recorded the Explorers heart rate and then the Explorer transported many different objects of different weights and sizes from the centre of the gym to their base, and then transported them back. The Medic recorded the Explorers heart rate again after the mission was complete. Then we swapped roles.
    We learned that to measure your heart rate you put two fingers on the side of our neck of wrist. We counted the beats for 10 seconds and then multiplied that number by 6 so we know approximately how many times our heart beats per minute. We observed that there were many different results among us.
    Go Mission X Italy!
    Go the Italian Space Cadets!
    Bloggers: Tommaso, Federico and Giorgio.

  • Let's go on... a spacewalk!

    The Cadet girls exercise!

    Hello everybody we went on a spacewalk!
    We needed to invent an activity that increased our self-control, coordination, balance and muscle strength. In groups we all brainstormed what we could do and presented our ideas to the class with a demonstration. After the demonstration, we tested the activities. One of the activities we invented was called the Curved Banana in which you need to run around the columns in the gym and do push ups.
    After this, we tried what Mission X proposed, the Bear Crawl and the Crab Walk. We had some competitions doing these walks. Adrian, Nicolò and Vittorio were the winners.
    There were cadets and crabs and bears in the gym! Oh my!
    Goodbye from the Italian Space Cadets!
    Bloggers: Elisa, Elena and Alice.

    The Curved Banana! The Bear Crawl The Crab Walk