PS Planetary and Solar System Sciences
The 2018 Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Award is awarded to Daniele Durante for the poster/PICO entitled:
Determination of Jupiter’s gravity field by Juno (Durante, D.; Folkner, W. M.; Iess, L.; Galanti, E.; Kaspi, Y.; Milani, A.; Notaro, V.; Parisi, M.; Racioppa, P.; Serra, D.; Tortora, P.; Zannoni, M.)
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Daniele Durante is a post-doc researcher from the Radioscience laboratory, in Sapienza, University of Rome, Italy. He received his PhD in November 2017, with a thesis entitled “The gravity fields of Jupiter and Saturn as determined by Juno and Cassini”, under the supervise of Prof. Luciano Iess. His research interests cover radioscience experiments for the determination of gas giants’ interior structures. The poster presents the results and implications of the analysis of radiometric data acquired during the first five gravity-dedicated perijove passes of the Juno spacecraft. For the very first time, Juno determined the North-South asymmetry of Jupiter’s gravity field, induced by the dynamic of the surface zonal jets. Such large North-South asymmetry indicates that the flows penetrate deep into the planet – to a depth of about 3000 km – and thus involve large masses.