Nicolas Altobelli

Planetary Scientist


Main Research Fields

My main research area deals with the physics of small bodies in the Solar System (dust, asteroids, comets, KBOs). This encompasses in particular the study of dust particles of interplanetary or interstellar origin by in-situ detectors flown on various esa/nasa missions, as well as the remote sensing of planetary discs.


  • Saturn rings
  • Infrared spectroscopy
  • Interstellar dust
  • Interplanetary dust
  • Asteroids/comets
  • Dust dynamics

Ongoing collaborations

  • S. Kempf, University of Boulder, Colorado, USA
  • R. Srama, F. Postberg, University of Stuttgart, Germany
  • L. Spilker, NASA-JPL, Pasadena, USA
  • B. Davidsson, University of Uppsala, Sweden



Project/mission at ESA

Rosetta, Cassini-Huygens