Why is SPAC3 a big collective work of art?

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The Third Paradise in space!

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The Third Paradise is about to dove among the stars for the mission VITA, acronym of Vitality, Innovation, Technology and Ability. It is the mission Expedition 52/53, whose destination is the ISS (International Space Station). It was the third of six long lasting missions NASA made available to the Italian Space Agency within the agreement of the delivery of the logistics modules Leonardo, Donatello and Raffaello. The European Space Agency astronaut Paolo Nespoli left for the ISS on 28th July 2017.

The name and logo of the mission were inspired by Michelangelo Pistoletto’s Third Paradise. For the first time, an artistic symbol has connoted and created the backdrop for a space mission. The logos’ blue circle recalls our planet, while Pistoletto’s symbol connects the main messages of the mission. Three are the elements highlighted: a thread of DNA, representing life and science; a book, representing culture and education; and the Earth, as symbol of humanity.

The context of the mission saw the launch of the app SPAC3, developed by the ESA with RAM Radioartemobile, in collaboration with the ASI and Cittadellarte-Fondazione Pistoletto, to raise awareness about the preservation of the Earth, involving the public in the creation of a social work of art. The app SPAC3 allows you to have your say and share a message about six different topics, which include the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, defined to resolve the most important global issues relating to the people, the planet, prosperity, peace and partnership.

With the new app, you are able to follow the mission and realize photographs superimposing them to the pictures taken by Nespoli from a platform with a view of the Earth, with the opportunity to create special collages. A way to get close to space with a click, but above all to spread the concepts of the Third Paradise taking part in a collective and global work of art. The images and the app are free to download and use; a way to favour creativity’s ascent to the throne.