Interviews with some of the Rosetta mission team
Position: Interdisciplinary scientist
Dr. Fulle was born in Chiavari, northern Italy.
He obtained a degree in Physics at the University of Genova in 1982. He then spent two years in a military research field, developing a system to analyse and identify submarines by their emitted noise.
In 1985, Dr. Fulle entered the International School for Advanced Studies as a visiting scientist in the Astrophysical Sector, starting to develop numerical codes able to analyse photometric data of comet dust tails. Since May 1989 he has held the position of astronomer at the Osservatorio Astronomico di Trieste in Italy.
Since leaving university, he has specialised in studying comets, and his first paper, which was published in the journal Icarus, was devoted to the ion tail of Comet Austin (1982i). Since then, he has published more than 60 papers in refereed journals, all devoted to the physics of comets.
His studies have led to the discovery of new tail structures (neck lines - peculiar thin layers of dust rarely seen in comet dust tails when the Earth crosses their orbit plane - and the sodium tail) and new ideas about the physical properties of comet dust from photometric analysis of dust tails.
In order to take advantage of his experience as a comet expert, he was selected in 1996 as one of the Interdisciplinary Scientists on ESA's Rosetta mission.
Last Update: 01 Jul 2008