Angioletta Coradini

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Angioletta Coradini
Born(1946-07-01)1 July 1946
Died5 September 2011(2011-09-05) (aged 65)
Spouse(s)Costanzo Federico
Scientific career
FieldsAstrophysics, planetology, geophysics
InstitutionsUniversità degli Studi di Roma "La Sapienza" Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica

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).[2]

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)[3]
  • 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); [4]
  • Member of the European Southern Observatory (ESO) observing Program Committee, Panel F (1997–99);[4]
  • Member of the Scientific Council of the Finnish Academy of Space Studies “Antares” (1999–2004);[4]
  • Member of the Scientific Council of the International Institute of Space Studies (ISSI), headquartered in Bern (1999–2002);[5]
  • Member of the High Scientific Committee of the Paris Observatory;[6]
  • PI of the Jiram Instrument for the NASA New Frontiers Juno mission (2005–11);[7]
  • 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”;[8]
  • Jean Dominique Cassini Medal & Honorary Membership 2012;[9]
  • 2012 NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal;[10]
  • Angioletta crater on Vesta (name approved in 2014);[11]
  • Coradini crater on 134340 Pluto (unofficial name as of June 2018).


The Jovian Infrared Auroral Mapper instrument project for the Juno orbiter for Jupiter was started by Professor Angioletta Coradini.[12]


Coradini died in 2011 from cancer.[13]


  1. ^ "Angioletta Coradini, una vita per le stelle" (in Italian). Nature. 6 September 2011. Archived from the original on 2011-11-02.
  2. ^ Battifoglia, Enrica. "Addio Angioletta, "signora dei pianeti"". MEDIA INAF (in Italian). Retrieved 2018-03-08.
  3. ^ "Coradini Award | SSERVI Awards". Retrieved 2018-03-08.
  4. ^ a b c "ANGIOLETTA CORADINI (1946-2011)". Retrieved 2018-03-08.
  5. ^ "ISSI Annual Report 2000" (PDF).
  6. ^ "Angioletta Coradini, una vita per le stelle | Portale delle scienze". 2011-11-02. Retrieved 2018-03-08.
  7. ^ "JUNO". A.S.I. - Agenzia Spaziale Italiana. 2008-12-01. Retrieved 2018-03-08.
  8. ^ "David Bates Medal Awarded to VIR Co-Investigator for Mapping Spectrometer". Jet Propulsion Laboratory. 18 April 2007.
  9. ^ "Cassini Medal Awarded to Angioletta Coradini". European Geosciences Union. April 2012.[permanent dead link]
  10. ^ "NASA medals". NASA. 9 December 2012.
  11. ^ "Angioletta". Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature. USGS Astrogeology Research Program.
  12. ^ 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. 213: 1–54. Bibcode:2017SSRv..213..393A. doi:10.1007/s11214-014-0094-y. ISSN 0038-6308.
  13. ^ "Rosetta Reveals Much About Comet 67P - Sky & Telescope". 27 January 2015.