The exploration of the Solar System: current and future plans

Specific Seminar - Curriculum 3
18 aprile 2024
Orario di inizio 
Organizzato da: 
National PhD Programme - Space Science and Technology - SST
Comunità universitaria
Prof. Giovanni Pratesi
National PhD in Space Science and Technology - Secretariat
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Prof. Roberto Orosei, INAF


Radio and microwave waves penetrate media opaque to visible light, enabling active sensors on deep space missions to gather data on Solar System bodies' topography, structure, and composition. Radar sensors, utilized since the 1970s, have mapped lunar Maria thickness, searched for ground ice in shadowed craters on the Moon, studied Venus's surface morphology, assessed Mars's polar caps and volcanic deposits, explored Titan's geology and hydrology, and analysed comet nucleus density and composition. Developing analysis methods and electromagnetic propagation simulations are crucial due to the lack of ground truth for data calibration. Future missions plan to use radar to study Jupiter's moons and continue exploring Solar System objects.

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The Trento International School on Observation of the Earth and of the Universe (TISOEU) is an educational facility focused on the Sciences of the Earth and the Universe. It realizes initiatives for the scientific community, for undergraduate and doctoral students, as well as for stakeholders.