Gabriele Cremonese

Personal informations

Surname / First name Cremonese Gabriele


Position  Researcher Astronomer at INAF-Osservatorio di Padova


  • 2000-present Researcher Astronomer
  • 1988-2000   Graduated tecnician, INAF- Astronomical Observatory of Padova

Scientific Activity

  • Participation to the project of the wide field camera for the Large Binocular Telescope
  • Observations and modelling of dust comae and dust tails in the comets
  • Observations and analysis of the sodium cloud around Io
  • Discovery and analysis of sodium tails and sodium release in comets
  • Modelling and simulations of observations of Solar System minor bodies in the sub-millimetre spectral range with the ESA mission PLANCK
  • High resolution spectroscopy and cataloguing of emission lines, in the visible spectral range, of comets
  • Observations and modelling of the sodium exosphere of the Moon and Mercury
  • Modelling of meteoroid flux and impacts on the surface of Mercury and the Moon
  • Geology of Mercury, the Moon and Mars
  • Age determination of planetary surfaces
  • Impact crater simulations with hydrocode
  • Design and project of visible imagers for space missions
  • Stereo reconstruction techniques

Activities related to space missions

  • 1995 Co-I of the imaging system OSIRIS in the ESA mission ROSETTA
  • 2000 associate of the LFI instrument of the ESA mission PLANCK
  • 2000-2004 coordinator of the team in charge for the study of the Solar System with the PLANCK mission
  • 2001-2004 coordinator of the working group 2.8 “moving objects extraction and separation” for PLANCK mission
  • 2001-2004 coordinator of the working group 7.7 “Solar System Science” for the PLANCK mission
  • 2001 CoPI of the proposal “Solar System studies with Planck” accepted in the Baseline Core Program of PLANCK
  • 2001-2004 member of the ESA Science Advisory Group for the BepiColombo mission
  • 2004 CoPI di SIMBIOSYS (Spectrometers and Imagers for Mpo BepiColombo Integrated Observatory SYStem) on board the MPO module of the BepiColombo mission, with the overall responsibility of the stereo camera
  • 2004 CoI of the UV spectrometer PHEBUS on board MPO in the BepiColombo mission
  • 2004 CoI of MSASI (Mercury Sodium Imager) on board the MMO module of the BepiColombo mission
  • 2004 team member of SERENA on board MPO in the BepiColombo mission
  • 2008-2009 CoPI of the study of the visible cameras for the ESA Cosmic Vision M-class mission Marco Polo
  • 2009-2010 PI of the study of the Wide Angle and Medium Resolution Cameras for the ESA Cosmic Vision L-class mission Europa Jupiter System Mission – Jupiter Ganymede Orbiter, now called JUICE
  • 2010-2011 CoI in the NASA instrument High resolution Stereo Color Imager (HiSCI) for the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter (EMTGO)
  • 2012 CoPI of the camera CaSSIS on board ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter 2016.
  • 2012-2013 PI of the study of the Narrow Angle and Wide Angle Cameras for the ESA Cosmic Vision M3 class mission Marco Polo-R
  • 2013 CoI in the NASA instrument High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter
  • 2013 deputy PI and instrument scientist of Janus the camera on board the ESA mission JUICE

Scientific memberships

  • 1989-96 CoI in the NASA project International Jupiter Watch
  • 1995-97 CoI in the european team for the ground-based observations, of the first target of the ROSETTA mission, with the ESO telescopes
  • 1996-97 CoI of the european team obtaining the 5% of all the telescopes in the Canary islands to observe comet Hale-Bopp
  • 1997 member of the LOC of the conference “The Three Galileos” in Padova, Italy
  • 1998 member of the SOC of the conference “First International Conference on Hale-Bopp”, in Tenerife, Canary islands
  • 1999 member of the LOC of DPS 99 dell’American Astronomical Society, in Padova, Italy
  • 1999 CoI in the NASA project to study the sodium in the comets
  • 1999-2002 Leader for the italian partecipation to the INTAS-ESA project on the study of the Mercury regolith
  • 2000-03 secretary of the IAU Commission n.15
  • 2002 member of the SOC for the conference “1st Planck Galactic and Solar System science meeting”, Tolouse, France
  • 2004-06 CoI in the italian project of exploration and study of sub-glacial lakes in Antarctica
  • 2006, Convener at the European Geosciences Union assembly of the session Relation between Exosphere-Magnetosphere-Surface on Mercury and the Moon.
  • 2010, Main Scientific Organizer at the COSPAR of the event The new exploration of Mercury.
  • 2014, Science Organizing Committee of the European Planetary Science Congress



List of Publications and Conference Proceedings