Angioletta Coradini

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Angioletta Coradini
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

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


In 1970 she completed a master's 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);
  • Member of the Science Team for the CIRS and VIMS instruments, and PI of the VIMS visible channel, Cassini-Huygens mission (1991–2011)[citation needed]
  • 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);[citation needed]
  • Member of the Scientific Council of the Finnish Academy of Space Studies “Antares” (1999–2004);[citation needed]
  • Member of the Scientific Council of the International Institute of Space Studies (ISSI), headquartered in Bern (1999–2002);[citation needed]
  • Member of the High Scientific Committee of the Paris Observatory;[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);

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]
  • Jean Dominique Cassini Medal & Honorary Membership 2012 [3]
  • 2012 NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal [4]
  • Coradini Crater on 134340 Pluto.


The Jovian Infrared Auroral Mapper instrument project for the Juno orbiter for Jupiter was started by Professor Angioletta Coradini.[5]


Coradini died in 2011 from cancer.[6]


  1. ^ "Angioletta Coradini, una vita per le stelle" (in Italian). Nature. 6 September 2011. Archived from the original on 2011-11-02. 
  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 Geosciences Union. April 2012. 
  4. ^ "NASA medals". NASA. 9 December 2012. 
  5. ^ Adriani, Alberto; Filacchione, Gianrico; Iorio, Tatiana Di; Turrini, Diego; Noschese, Raffaella; Cicchetti, Andrea; Grassi, Davide; Mura, Alessandro; Sindoni, Giuseppe (2014-10-01). "JIRAM, the Jovian Infrared Auroral Mapper". Space Science Reviews: 1–54. doi:10.1007/s11214-014-0094-y. ISSN 0038-6308. 
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