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Congress commemorates Galileo

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In a resolution adopted recently, the U.S. House of Representatives commemorated the 400th anniversary of the use of the first telescope by Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei. The motion was passed as part of a celebration of The International Year of Astronomy.

The resolution declares that "Galileo's body of work enabled subsequent generations, in particular the United States, to build on the tradition of scientific research, to be in the forefront of new scientific endeavors, specifically in medicine, technology and space exploration."

Last May, a replica of Galileo's telescope was brought aboard the Atlantis shuttle of the International Space Station by Italian American astronaut Michael Massimino.