“Vatican library will digitize the manuscripts with the help of space technology

– The Holy see and the European space Agency agreed to cooperate in the implementation of the project on the digitization of the Vatican library.

According to the contract, is for five years, will be used the so-called flexible image transport system (FITS), which the European space Agency developed together with NASA in the 1970-ies, reported Tuesday on the website of the British newspaper the Catholic Herald.

The project aims not only to ensure the proper preservation of the documents, but also to increase their accessibility by moving to an electronic format.

The Vatican library has tens of thousands of documents, some of which date back 1,800 years.

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