MAPS team members

Gabriele Cremonese

Gabriele Cremonese

Institution: Astronomical Observatory of Padova of the National Institute of Astrophysics (INAF).
Contact: gabriele.cremonese@inaf.it
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Gabriele Cremonese is an astronomer at the Astronomical Observatory of Padova of the National Institute of Astrophysics (INAF). He started to work on comets observation at the telescope and modeling and exospheres of terrestrial planets and satellites. He is still working on the dynamical evolution of micrometeoroids in the Inner Solar System. Then he started to be involved in planetary space missions and analysis of planetary surfaces. It has been involved, as CoI, from the beginning to the design and realization of OSIRIS, the cameras on board of the Rosetta mission. He started to work on the BepiColombo mission in the 2001 as a member of the ESA committee for the definition of the payload, now he is the PI of SIMBIO-SYS, a suite of 3 remote sensing instruments, on board the mission. He is CoPI of CaSSIS, the stereo camera on board ExoMars TGO, Deputy-PI and Project Scientist of Janus, the camera on board JUICE. He has been the PI of the studies of cameras and stereo cameras for other proposed missions as Marco Polo, Marco Polo-R, and EJSM-Laplace. He is CoI of HiRISE on MRO; CoI of PHEBUS and MSASI on BepiColombo; Scientific Consultant of BioSign the experiment that will be installed in the ISS. He is a member of the Solar System and Exploration Working Group of ESA. In the last 15 years started to work on stereo reconstruction and DTM generation of planetary surfaces, from the design of new concept of stereo cameras to the realization of specific software. At the moment he has the responsibility, with his group, of the generation and archiving of the DTMs of Mars using the stereo pairs of CaSSIS. He is responsible and involved in several Public Outreach activities, mainly based on 3D video and Virtual Reality.

Alice Lucchetti

Alice Lucchetti

Institution: Astronomical Observatory of Padova of the National Institute of Astrophysics (INAF).
Contact: alice.lucchetti@inaf.it

Alice Lucchetti is an astronomer, Researcher at INAF-OAPD Astronomical Observatory of Padova (Italy). She graduated in Astronomy in 2012 at the University of Padova. In 2016 she got the PhD in Space Science, Technologies and Measurements at the CISAS-Center for Studies and Activities for Space “G.Colombo” working on geomorphological structures related to energetic activities on Solar System bodies from satellite images. In 2016 got a 1-year postdoc at INAF-OAPD working on the analysis of planetary surface by satellite (comet 67P, Mercury and icy satellites).

She is involved in planetary missions being a team member of the following instruments onboard ESA space missions: Co-I of the JANUS/JUICE mission to the Jovian system and its icy satellites; associate of SIMBIO-SYS/BepiColombo mission for the exploration of Mercury; associate of CaSSIS/ExoMars for the exploration of the Martian surface and assistant of OSIRIS/Rosetta mission to the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

She is currently working on fractures cluster analysis and geological processes on icy satellites and on the geomorphological and spectrophotometric analysis of hollows on the surface of Mercury. In addition, she is carrying out research activity also on comet 67P and Mars.

Maurizio Pajola

Maurizio Pajola

Institution: Astronomical Observatory of Padova of the National Institute of Astrophysics (INAF).
Contact: maurizio.pajola@inaf.it
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Maurizio Pajola is a Researcher at the National Institute for Astrophysics-Astronomical Observatory of Padova (INAF-OAPD, Italy). In 2010 he got his Master Degree in Astronomy at the Physics and Astronomy Department of the University of Padova (UPD, Italy). In 2014 he got the PhD in Astronautics and Satellite Sciences between the Center for Studies and Activities for Space “G.Colombo”, CISAS-UPD and the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena-California/USA with a Thesis on the geological characterisation and surface spectroscopy of ancient Mars drainage networks.

In 2014-2015 Maurizio worked as a Post-Doc at the CISAS-UPD focusing on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko surface analysis through Rosetta high-resolution imagery. In 2016-2017 he worked as a NASA fellow at the Ames Research Center, in Moffett Field-California/USA, analysing the surface mineralogy of Phobos and identifying the engineering safest and geologically most interesting Martian landing sites for the ExoMars and the Mars 2020 rovers.

He is currently involved in different minor bodies and planetary space missions, being a Co-Investigator of the NASA OSIRIS-REx sample return mission from Near-Earth Asteroid (101955) Bennu, Associate Scientist of the ESA OSIRIS/Rosetta mission to the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, Associate Scientist of the ESA CaSSIS/ExoMars for the exploration of the Martian surface and Associate Scientist of the SIMBIO-SYS/BepiColombo mission for the exploration of Mercury.

He is working on geomorphological and spectrophotometric analysis of Martian paleoriverbeds and paleolakes, as well as on the identification of future Mars Human landing sites. He focuses on mineralogical clustering and modelling of different types of terrains present on the planet Mercury. In addition, he is carrying out research activity on comet 67P and Phobos.

Cristina Re

Cristina Re

Institution: Astronomical Observatory of Padova of the National Institute of Astrophysics (INAF).
Contact: cristina.re@inaf.it

Cristina Re is currently a Researcher at the National Institute for Astrophysics-Astronomical Observatory of Padova (INAF-OAPD, Italy). She graduated in Environmental Engineering at the University of Parma in 2010 with a Master Thesis in Photogrammetry. In 2014 she got the PhD in Astronautics and Satellite Sciences at the Center for Studies and Activities for Space “G.Colombo” working on the three dimensional reconstruction of planetary surfaces.Since 2014, she works at the INAF-OAPD contributing in the development of a 3D reconstruction software applying photogrammetric procedure and advance matching algorithms.

She is currently involved in the BepiColombo mission to Mercury, being Co-Investigator of the SIMBIO-SYS imaging package and of the laser altimeter BELA. She is also the key person in the BepiColombo PI Contract with ESA-SGS for the support to SIMBIO-SYS Science Operations and responsible for the Data Handling and Archiving for the Stereo Camera channel.

She is Associate Scientist of the ESA CaSSIS/ExoMars working on the Digital Terrain Model generation of the surface of Mars and stereo product archiving. Associate Scientist of the JANUS camera for the ESA-JUICE mission to the Jovian system and its icy satellites.

She is working on photogrammetric topics related to the image processing and Digital Terrain Model generation from stereo camera images.

Emanuele Simioni

Emanuele Simioni

Institution: Astronomical Observatory of Padova of the National Institute of Astrophysics (INAF).
Contact: emanuele.simioni@oapd.inaf.it
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Pamela Cambianica

Institution: Astronomical Observatory of Padova of the National Institute of Astrophysics (INAF).
Contact: pamela.cambianica@oapd.inaf.it
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Patrizia Borin

Institution: Astronomical Observatory of Padova of the National Institute of Astrophysics (INAF).
Contact: patrizia.borin@oapd.inaf.it

Teo Mudric

Institution: Astronomical Observatory of Padova of the National Institute of Astrophysics (INAF).
Contact: teo.mudric@oapd.inaf.it

Giovanni Munaretto

Giovanni Munaretto

Institution: University of Padova, Department of Physics and Astronomy
Contact: giovanni.munaretto.1@phd.unipd.it

Giovanni Munaretto is a PhD student in Astronomy at the University of Padova. He graduated in Astronomy in 2018 at the University of Padova, with a Master thesis entitled “Study of Recurring Slope Lineae on the martian surface”. He is currently studying surface processes related with the release of volatiles occurring on Mars and Mercury.

Jimin Peng

Jimin Peng

Institution: University of Padova, Department of Physics and Astronomy
Contact: jimin.peng@studenti.unipd.it

Jimin Peng Jimin Peng is currently a PhD student in department of Astronomy, University of Padua. She graduated from department of Astronomy, Beijing Normal University, China in 2018, with her master project on “Laboratory Simulation of Celestial X-ray and Extreme Ultraviolet Radiation”. Now she is involving in the scientific analysis of Martian surface, using CaSSIS, CTX, and HiRISE images, by looking for surface changes and analyzing their physical processes.

Matteo Massironi

Matteo Massironi

Institution:  University of Padova, Department of Geosciences.
Contact: matteo.massironi@unipd.it

Matteo Massironi is associate professor in “Structural Geology” at Padova University where he teaches “Geological mapping”, “Satellite Remote Sensing” and “Planetary geology”. He has been involved in several cartographic and field survey projects in Europa, North Africa, South America, Near East and he contributed to the field surveys and structural analysis conducted for the Brenner Basis Tunnel project transecting the Central Eastern Alps where he applied also 3D geo-modeling techniques. He is team member of the following instruments mounted on ESA space missions: SIMBIOSYS-Bepi-Colombo for the exploration of Mercury; CaSSIS-Exo Mars for the exploration of the Martian surface; OSIRIS-WAC of the Rosetta mission to the 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko comet and JANUS-Juice mission to Jovian satellites. From 2016 he has been scientific coordinator and prime instructor of the ESA PANGAEA course which aims at training ESA astronauts in planetary and field geology. Member of the editorial board of Geosciences and of the Journal of Geological Field Trip and Maps. Awards: 2000 “Giuseppe and Paolo Gatto” award of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei for his post-doctoral studies on the Italian Alps; 2017 the International Astronomical Union named Asteroid 11440 after “Massironi”.

Riccardo Pozzobon

Riccardo Pozzobon

Institution: CISAS
Contact: riccardo.pozzobon@unipd.it

Riccardo Pozzobon currently has a PostDoc position at the Department of Geosciences in University of Padova. He graduated in Geology and Technical Geology in 2010 at the University of Padua and obtained the PhD in “Planetary Geology” in 2015 working on fractal clustering analysis and fluid expulsion on volcanic and mud volcanic fields on Mars. In 2015 got a research grant at INAF (National Astrophyisics Institute) on analysis of the subsurface fluids distribution in Jupiter’s Icy moons and in Saturn’s icy moon Enceladus. He carried out several activities in the mineralogical field including synthesis of mantle minerals/earth core-related metal alloys at the Bayerisches Geo-Institut in Bayreuth.He is involved in space missions for planetary exploration, being a team member and associate scientist of the following imaging systems mounted on ESA spacecrafts: CaSSIS-Exo Mars, JANUS-JUICE mission to Jupiter Icy Moons.

The current research activities involve mud volcanism and diapirism on Mars, DTM analysis, 3D geo-modeling and lava tubes in the solar system. From 2016 is instructor for orbital images recognition and responsible for training materials in the ESA PANGAEA geologic training for astronauts.

Barbara De Toffoli

Barbara De Toffoli

Institution: University of Padova, Department of Geosciences
Contact: barbara.detoffoli@gmail.com

Barbara De Toffoli is a PostDoctoral Researcher at the Geoscience Department, University of Padua (Italy). She has a MSci in Geology followed by a PhD in Earth Sciences focused on “ Gas emission centres on Mars surface and putative biological contribution: insights on hydrothermal fluid circulation in the upper crust” . She is involved in the GeoPlaNet Consortium and spent part of her PhD at the Laboratoire de Planétologie et Géodynamique of Nantes (France).She is an Associate Scientist of the CaSSIS camera/ExoMars team mainly focused on geological mapping.

Her research interests include fluid circulation in the Martian crust and terrestrial analogue sites, analysis of percolating fracture systems, sedimentary volcanism, water resurgences and degassing centers identification in a search for life perspective.