Father of Rosetta Mission - Landing on a Comet & Exploring our Solar System
Dr Marcello Coradini joined the European Space Agency in April 1987.
As Coordinator of the Solar System Missions (1987-2010), he has been in charge of planning and overseeing the Solar System missions implementation at ESA. Among the many missions he brought to fruition, it is worth mentioning Cassini/Huygens, Mars Express, Venus Express, Rosetta, BepiColombo, Solar Orbiter, etc. More recently, he led the ESA Exploration Program and contributed to the formulation and budgeting of the ExoMars 2016 & 2018 program.
He was also ESA Programs Coordinator at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California until end of August 2015.
In 1991, the International Astronomical Union has named asteroid 4598 after him for his contributions to asteroidal science and exploration.
Dr Coradini is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, a recipient of the Golden Badge of the European Geophysical Union, former Director of the journal 'Planetary and Space Science', a member of the Italian Physical Society and Academician of the International Academy of Astronautics. In recent years he held the position of Executive President of the Physical Sciences Committee of the ANR (Agence Nationale de la Recherche, France), until August 2018. He is an adjunct professor of space system design at the University of Trento, Italy, and at the University of Genova, Italy. He authored more than 150 scientific and engineering papers, and 6 books.
He is currently Co-Founder and Executive Director of Space System Solutions and Chair of the International Council of the Cyprus Space Exploration Organisation (CSEO).