In March of this year, Italy and the United States signed an official agreement supporting the promotion and development of collaboration in space. This agreement also celebrates the past 50 years of cooperation in space between these two countries. The space collaboration between these two countries allows economic, scientific, and technological opportunities that wouldn’t be available without cooperation.
At a signing ceremony in March, the countries reflected on the achievements they’ve made by working together and looking forward to the new and exciting opportunities that the space collaboration will bring. 2013 is also the Year of Italian USA and, in addition to the signing of a new cooperation agreement, the two countries looked forward to working together on a new initiative that will present over 200 events in more than 50 United States cities that will focus on science, technology, and innovation.
This kind of space collaboration is really exciting. I’m proud to be a small part of it by connecting with my Italian Astronaut mentor Luca Parmitano. This cooperation also represents powerful connections that are growing throughout the world. International cooperation is crucial to the future of space exploration and I’m so happy to see it continuing. Things like World Space Week and individual connections, like mine and Luca’s, will allow for this cooperation to continue and flourish – I can’t wait to see what happens in the future of space exploration with this successful space collaboration!