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In Memoriam: Angioletta Coradini

October 14, 2011

The planetary science community has lost several senior scientists recently, including Angioletta Coradini, who passed away in early September.  Angioletta worked on the Dawn mission, and I was fortunate to share several meals with her during reviews, during which she always made me laugh — and she always made me think.  Angioletta is missed, I am sure, by so many.

The following announcement was posted in the Planetary Exploration Newsletter.


Angioletta Coradini, one of the world-recognized leading experts in
Planetary Sciences, with varied interests ranging from minor bodies to
outer planets, and theory on the formation of our Solar system passed
away on September 4, 2011. She started her scientific career in 1969
with her PhD thesis at the Rome University “La Sapienza” on the origin
of glassy particles found in lunar soils.  During the eighties she
collaborated  with the JPL Team who developed the TIMS (Thermal
Infrared Mass Spectroscope), gaining experience that allowed her to
lead the Italian team for the Cassini VIMS Spectrometer visual channel.
She gained further experience in the management of space experiments,
starting with the PI-ship of VIRTIS on Rosetta, and continuing with
other experiments including VIR on DAWN, now in orbit around Vesta,
JIRAM on the Juno mission en route to Jupiter, the infrared
spectrometers on Venus Express, Bepi Colombo, and many other projects.
In recognition of her significant contributions to the planetary
sciences she received many honors and awards. Angioletta will be deeply
missed and remembered by her family, colleagues and friends.

There is also a lovely online memorial posted at the European Geosciences Union web site.

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