Marcello Coradini


Marcello Coradini started his academic career in Italy during the golden age of planetary exploration in the 1970’s and he contributed, together with a small group of enthusiastic colleagues, to the establishment of this discipline both in Italy and Europe.

Dr. Coradini is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, a member of the European Geophysical Union, from which he received the Golden Badge, former Editorial Director of the scientific journal ‘Planetary and Space Science’, a member of the Italian Physical Society and Academician of the International Academy of Astronautics. He is also visiting professor of space system design at the University of Trento, Italy, and adjunct professor at the ISSUGE/ISICT (Istituto Superiore Studi in Tecnologie dell’Informazione e della Comunicazione) in Genoa (I).

Until August 2018

Executive President of the Physical Sciences Committee of the ANR (Agence Nationale de la Recherche, France).


member of the Cyprus Space Exploration Organization Management Board and Chairman of the International Advisory Body.


He is the author and/or co-author of more than 150 scientific and engineering papers, and 6 books.


Advisor of the President of the Italian Space Agency (ASI) and ASI representative at JPL.

2010 - 2015

he represented ESA at the Jet propulsion Laboratory (JPL, Pasadena, CA).


Asteroid 4598 is named after him by the International Astronomical Union

for his contributions to asteroidal science and exploration. More recently, he led the ESA Exploration Program and contributed to establishing the mission scenario of the ExoMars program consisting of one orbiter, one small lander and a rover for the exploration of Mars.

1987 - 2010

Coordinator of the Solar System Missions

he has been in charge of planning and overseeing the implementation of Solar System missions at ESA. Among the many missions he brought to fruition, it is worth mentioning: Cassini/Huygens, Mars Express, Venus Express, Rosetta, BepiColombo.

April 1987

Joined the European Space Agency

with the specific task to initiate a program of exploration of Solar System Exploration.