Maurizio Pajola

Personal informations

Surname / First name Pajola Maurizio

Email maurizio.pajola@gmail.com

Position Postdoctoral Researcher at Center of Studies and Activities for Space, CISAS-University of Padova

 


 

Research Interests

  • ESA/Rosetta OSIRIS Associate Scientist, 10/10/2014-Present.
  • Satellites/Minor Bodies Spectrophotometry: Phobos, 21 Lutetia, 2867 Steins.
  • Mars Paleohydrology, Mars Landing Sites Proposer for ESA-ExoMars 2018 and NASA-Mars 2020 rovers.
  • Comet Surface Geomorphological and Spectrophotometric studies: 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Comet Landing Sites Analysis.

Education

  • 2011-2014    PhD School in Space Sciences, Technologies and Measurements, Curriculum:”Astronautics and Space Sciences”,  between CISAS (Centre for Studies and Activities for Space) “Giuseppe Colombo” – University of Padova, Italy, and NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory – CALTECH, California, USA.
  • 2008-2010   Master Degree in Astronomy, Department of Physics and Astronomy – University of Padova, Italy
  • 2005-2008  Bachelor Degree in Astronomy, Department of Physics and Astronomy – University of Padova, Italy

Presentations/Projects/Conferences/Seminars

  • Goettingen, Germany. OSIRIS Full Team Meeting 2014, 06-10/10/2014.
  • Estoril-Lisbon Portugal. European Planetary Science Congress 2014, 07-12/09/2014.
  • AMES Research Center-Mountain View, California. NASA Exploration Science Forum, 21-24/07/2014.
  • CALTECH-Pasadena, California. Eighth International Conference on Mars, 14-19/07/2014.
  • Goettingen, Germany. OSIRIS Full Team Meeting 2014, 06-09/05/2014.
  • Wien, Austria. European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2014, 27/04-02/05/2014.
  • European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC), Madrid, Spain. ExoMars 2018 First Landing Site Selection Workshop. (Presentation of the Simud Vallis Proposal, Pajola et al.), 26-28/03/2014.
  • San Francisco, California-USA. American Geophysical Union 2013, 09-13/12/2013.
  • Padova, Italy. OSIRIS Full Team Meeting 2013, 06-08/11/2013.
  • London, UK. European Planetary Science Congress 2013, 08-13/10/2013.
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory – CALTECH 2013 meetings and seminars, 26/04/2013-09/10/2013.
  • Asiago Astrophysical Observatory – Italy. Tutor at the Winter School on Very High Time and Space Resolution Astrophysics, 27/02-07/03/2013.
  • Bormio, Italy. XI National Congress on Planetary Sciences, 03-08/02/2013.
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory – CALTECH 2012 meetings and seminars, 25/05/2012-13/12/2012.
  • European Space Research Institute (ESRIN) Frascati, Italy. Scientific and technological aspects of a sample return mission to a Near Earth Asteroid: the ESA Cosmic Vision M3 mission MarcoPolo-R, 09-10/06/2011.
  • L’Aquila-Italy. International School of Space Science, ISSS. PhD School “Frontiers of Space Science: from Solar Activity to NEOs”, 17-22/04/2011.
  • INFN National Laboratory of Legnaro, Padova. PhD School “Detectors and Electronics for high Energy Physics, Astrophysics, Space Applications and Medical Physics”, 11-15/04/2011.
  • Paris Observatory, France. OSIRIS Lutetia Science Team Meeting, 01-02/03/2011.
  • Bormio, Italy. X National Congress on Planetary Sciences, 17-21/01/2011.

Fellowship/School/Honours/Awards  

  • Rocco Petrone Prize – ASI, Italian Space Agency. Prize for the best Master Thesis concerning “Planetary mission study: Moon, Asteroids and Mars”, issued by the Italian Space Agency in June 9, 2014. http://www.asi.it/it/educational/universita/premio_di_laurea_rocco_petrone

Professional Experiences

  • Post-Doctoral Researcher – CISAS, Center for Studies and Activities for Space “G. Colombo”-University of Padova, Italy, 01/03/2014-Present
  • ESA/Rosetta OSIRIS Associate Scientist Assistant, 25/02/2007-10/10/2014.

Accademic Experience/Teaching and Outreach

  • Visiting Scientist – NASA, National Aeronautics and Space Administration at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory/CALTECH, Pasadena, California-USA, 22/05/2012-15/10/2013.
  • Visiting Scientist – ESA, European Space Agency at the European Space Astronomy Centre, Madrid, Spain, 09/03/2013-25/03/2013.
  • Tutor at the Winter School on Very High Time and Space Resolution Astrophysics, Asiago Astrophysical Observatory (Galileo T122, Copernico T 182 and Schmidt 67/92 telescopes) – Italy, 27/02-07/03/2013.
  • Visiting Student – ESA, European Space Agency at the European Space Astronomy Centre, Madrid, Spain, 23/05/2010-12/06/2010
  • Visiting Student – ESA, European Space Agency at the European Space Astronomy Centre, Madrid, Spain, 12/09/2009-03/10/2009

Public Outreach Interviews:

  • 07/11/2014 SPACE.COM http://www.space.com/27686-rosetta-comet-dark-side-photos.html
  • 07/11/2014 ASTRONOMY.COM http://www.astronomy.com/news/2014/11/rosetta-the-dark-side-of-the-comet/
  • 06/11/2014 UNIVERSETODAY.COM http://www.universetoday.com/116026/how-dust-lightens-up-the-dark-side-of-rosettas-comet/
  • 06/11/2014 PHYS.ORG http://phys.org/news/2014-11-rosetta-dark-side-comet.html
  • 06/11/2014 INAF-ITALY http://www.media.inaf.it/2014/11/06/the-dark-side-of-the-comet/
  • 06/11/2014 ITALIAN SPACE AGENCY http://www.asi.it/it/news/il_lato_oscuro_della_cometa
  • 15/01/2014 SPACE.COM http://www.space.com/24285-mars-moon-phobos-captured-asteroid.html
  • 24/11/2013 NEWSAPACE.COM http://newsapace.com/2013/11/24/asteroid-origin-martian-moon-supporting-evidence-found/
  • 21/11/2013 ANTARANEWS.COM http://www.antaranews.com/berita/406055/peneliti-ungkap-bukti-baru-tentang-asal-bulan-mars
  • 20/11/2013 INSIDESCIENCE.ORG http://www.insidescience.org/content/new-evidence-supports-asteroid-origin-martian-moon/1496
  • 29/03/2013 SPACE TV http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xykjya_space-tv-maurizio-pajola-phobos_tech
  • 29/03/2013 SPACE TV http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xykj1w_space-tv-maurizio-pajola-marte-in-3d_tech
  • 28/03/2013 SPACE TV http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xyjjxx_space-tv-maurizio-pajola-missione-rosetta_tech
  • 28/03/2013 SPACE TV http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xyjjxl_space-tv-maurizio-pajola-marte_tech

List of Publications and Conference Proceedings

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