Ciao from Rome to all the friends of We the Italians! What a month! It has been full of wonderful opportunities to show and testify how great the relationship between Italy and the US is! On September 22nd I had the honor and the pleasure of giving the welcoming remarks at the National Italian American Bar Association, welcoming old and new friends...

Rocco Petrone, the immigrant son of a couple from the town of Sasso Castalda, near Potenza, was the engineer monitoring the countdown on July 16, 1969 for the launch of the Apollo 11 spacecraft in Cape Canaveral that would take two men to the moon for the first time, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. A mechanic engineer, he was the director of launch...

On September 12, 1962, in Houston, in Texas, the State where he would be killed just over a year later, President John Fitzgerald Kennedy made a historic speech, in which he announced the race to the Moon. "We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard," JFK said.  When you...

«Nessuno potrà mai dire abbastanza bene di Rocco Petrone. Non saremmo mai arrivati sulla Luna in tempo o, forse, non ci saremmo mai arrivati senza Rocco». Con queste poche parole Isom “Ike” Rigell, ingegnere capo del Kennedy Space Center e addetto alle operazioni di lancio, restituisce tutto il peso di una figura rimasta a lungo in ombra, ma che ha...

Era figlio di emigrati italiani, Rocco Petrone, l’italiano della missione Apollo 11 di cui il prossimo 20 luglio ricorre il 50° anniversario. A ricordare questa singolare figura di scienziato, l’uomo chiave della missione, è il giornalista Renato Cantore nel libro “Dalla terra alla luna. Rocco Petrone, l’italiano dell’Apollo 11”, con prefazione di ...

Sasso di Castalda is a town in the province of Potenza (Basilicata), known above all for its double Tibetan bridge, the "Ponte alla Luna". From here, in 1921, Antonio Petrone and his wife Teresa DeLuca left for America, moving away from the south despite the work of Antonio, a member of the Carabinieri, with the awareness that they wanted to offer...