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Dr. Pasquale Tricarico

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Senior Scientist

Currently resides in Beaucouze, France
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Areas of Expertise
Targets: Asteroids, Ceres, Comets, Vesta
Disciplines/Techniques: Astrometry, Celestial Mechanics, Gravity, Numerical modeling, Planetary Interiors, Shape modeling, Thermal modeling
Missions: Dawn
Mission Roles: Spacecraft navigation

Research Interests

Dr. Pasquale Tricarico studies of the dynamics of bodies in the solar system. His main projects are related to the development of a comprehensive software library for celestial mechanics investigations, and its application to the characterization of the near-Earth asteroids population. He studies spacecraft gravity data to determine the characteristics of its interior structure. Other active research topics include the dynamical characterization of multiple asteroid systems, the dynamics of dust grains, and thermal modeling of asteroids.

Professional History

Dr. Tricarico received his Laurea degree from Ferrara University, Italy in 2000, and then his Ph.D. from Padova University, Italy in 2003. He then moved to the Physics and Astronomy Department of the Washington State University in Pullman, WA for two years, where he worked as a post-Doctoral Research Associate. In 2005 he moved to Tucson to join the Planetary Science Institute first as an Associate Research Scientist, then as a Research Scientist between 2010 and 2013, and as a Senior Scientist since 2013. He is a Participating Scientist on the Dawn mission for both Vesta and Ceres.

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