The Italian Space Agency is a space agency that is part of the European Space Agency. The agency was founded in 1988.
The agency is a public institutional body that promotes, supports, and coordinates national activities regarding spacial workings and businesses within the ESA's projects and initiatives. The Italian Space Agency operates under governmental guidelines of the National Research Plan. They are responsible for contributions to specific probing instruments used by NASA and ESA for the purpose of exploring Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn.