Fueled by the STEPS (Sistemi di Tecnologie per l’Esplorazione Spaziale) project, a small "space bus" is entering its second phase of development. It will be able to roam around Mars and eventually take astronauts on a field trip. Not a dull horizon for the next "gita scolastica" or corporate team-building outing! The vision and efforts aimed at the future are especially critical and valuable at a time when several companies are undergoing cuts. Space technology is an integral part of the local economic fabric and a high-value, strategic component of Italian innovation. Read more in la Stampa.