Angioletta Coradini

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Dr. Angioletta Coradini
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Born (1946-07-01)1 July 1946
Rovereto, Italy
Died 5 September 2011(2011-09-05) (aged 65)
Rome, Italy
Residence Italy
Citizenship Italian
Fields Astrophysics, planetology, geophysics
Institutions Università degli Studi di Roma "La Sapienza" Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica
Spouse Costanzo Federico

Dr. Angioletta Coradini (born 1 July 1946, Rovereto, Italy – died 5 September 2011, Rome, Italy) was an Italian astrophysicist, planetary scientist and one of the most important figures in the space sciences in Italy.[1]


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In 1970 she completed a Masters degree in Physics at the University of Rome, the city where she would do her research over her entire career—at first at the university, then from 1975 at the National Research Council of Italy (CNR), and finally at the National Astrophysics Institute of Italy (INAF).[citation needed]

Participation in international scientific projects[edit]

  • Co—investigator for NASA lunar and planetary research (1970–74);
  • NATO contractor for collaboration between Institute for Space Astrophysics (IAS) and UCLA (1984–87);[citation needed]
  • Member of Solar System Working Group (SSWG) of ESA (1985–88);[citation needed]
  • Member of the Phase A Assessment team for ESA Rosetta, third cornerstone (1985–93);[citation needed]
  • PI for campaign of telemonitoring of active volcanic zones, organized jointly between CNR and NASA/JPL (1986);[citation needed]
  • Member of the Italian Team for the Planetary Fourier Spectrometer (PFS) and Omega Vnir spectrometer for the Soviet Mars 94/96 mission (1989–96);[citation needed]
  • Member of the Science Team for the CIRS and VIMS instruments, and PI of the VIMS visible channel, Cassini-Huygens mission (1991–2011)
  • Coordinator of the Moon Orbiting Observatory (MORO) proposal and member of the MORO science team (1993–96);
  • Member of the Observing Time Allocation Committee (OTAC) for the ESA Infrared Observatory (ISO) mission (1994–96);
  • Member of the European Southern Observatory (ESO) observing Program Committee, Panel F (1997–99);
  • Member of the Scientific Council of the Finnish Academy of Space Studies “Antares” (1999–2004);
  • Member of the Scientific Council of the International Institute of Space Studies (ISSI), headquartered in Bern (1999–2002);
  • Member of the ESA Science Program Committee (SPC) in the role of consultant for planetary science from the Italian delegation;[citation needed]
  • Member of the High Scientific Committee of the Paris Observatory;
  • PI of the VIR instrument for the NASA Dawn Discovery mission (2001–11);[citation needed]
  • PI of the Jiram Instrument for the NASA New Frontiers Juno mission (2005–11);
  • Member of the Space Advisory Group (SAG) of the European Community (2008–11);
  • Past member, European Space Science Committee (ESSC);[citation needed]
  • Past Secretary Division III, Commission 16 of the International Astronomical Union[citation needed]

Awards and Recognition[edit]

  • David Bates Medal (2007) “In recognition of her important and wide ranging work in planetary sciences and Solar System formation, and her leading role in the development of space infrared instrumentation for planetary exploration”[2]
  • Foreign Member of the Russian Academy of Natural Science[citation needed]
  • Asteroid 4598 Coradini, shared with brother Marcello, for contributions given to the development of planetary science.[citation needed]
  • Jean Dominique Cassini Medal & Honorary Membership 2012 [3]
  • 2012 NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal [4]


Dr. Coradini died in 2011, aged 65, after a year-long battle with cancer.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Angioletta Coradini, una vita per le stelle" (in Italian). Nature. 6 September 2011. 
  2. ^ "David Bates Medal Awarded to VIR Co-Investigator for Mapping Spectrometer". Jet Propulsion Laboratory. 18 April 2007. 
  3. ^ "Cassini Medal Awarded to Angioletta Coradini". European Geoscience Union. April 2012. 
  4. ^ "NASA medals". NASA. 9 December 2012.