Looking at space while space observes us. So far, yet never so amazingly close. Even temporal distances are shortened now that time is suspended by the Coronavirus pandemic. 59 years have passed since the human conquest of space: it was April 12, 1961 when the Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin completed an orbit around the planet: 108 minutes among the stars. The former Soviet Union beat the United States, which took its revenge nine years later by conquering the Moon. On July 20, 1969, Italian American Rocco Petrone gave the “go” to Apollo 11 that took man to the Moon.
Now we have progressed from competition to cooperation. On April 13, 2020, in Russia, the Tsiolkovsky International Space Film Festival, supported by the Russian Space Agency, selected and rewarded the documentaryLuna italiana (Italian moon), directed by Marco Spagnoli and produced by Istituto Luce-Cinecittà, inspired by the story of Rocco Petrone, told by the journalist Renato Cantore (also read Fifty years since the Moon landing). “A story like many others that describes the genius and passion of many Italians around the world”, reiterated Giorgio Saccoccia, president of the Italian Space Agency (ASI), that supported the project, in collaboration with Nasa, which led to the making of the documentary.