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Antonio Genova

Research Scientist

The main topic of my research is the geodesy of terrestrial planets and icy satellites. Radio science instrumentation and laser altimeter on board interplanetary spacecraft that orbit about planets or satellites in the Solar System provide geodetic data on their gravity field and topography. I’m currently involved in the analysis of radio tracking data from three different missions about Mars: Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), 2001 Mars Odyssey and Mars Global Surveyor (MGS), which have acquired more than 15 years of radio tracking data that enable high-resolution gravity model determination. My second main activity focuses on the recovery of Mercury’s gravity field from the MESSENGER mission that has been orbiting about the planet from March 2011. I’m also working on a preliminary study regarding the estimation of icy satellite’s shape and tides from a planetary flyby mission.

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t: 301 614 6013