Jonathan I Lunine

Jonathan I. Lunine is Professor of Physics at the University of Rome, Tor Vergata, on leave from the University of Arizona in Tucson. He is the David Baltimore Distinguished Visiting Scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. His research interests center broadly on planetary origin and evolution, in our solar system and around other stars.   He is an interdisciplinary scientist on the Cassini mission to Saturn, and on the James Webb Space Telescope, as well as co-investigator on the Juno mission to be launched to Jupiter in 2011.  Dr. Lunine is the author of over 230 scientific papers and of the books Earth: Evolution of a Habitable World (Cambridge University Press, 1999), and Astrobiology: A Multidisciplinary Approach (Pearson Addison-Wesley, 2005). He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Geophysical Union. In 2010 he was elected to membership in the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. He earned a B.S. in Physics and Astronomy from the University of Rochester (1980), followed by M.S. (1983) and Ph.D. (1985) degrees in Planetary Science from the California Institute of Technology.

Benvenuto al sito di Jonathan I. Lunine, professore di fisica all'università di Roma, Tor Vergata.  Qui potete vedere le mie attività dell'insegnamento e della ricerca. Ritenga libero di inviarmi con la posta elettronica a

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Welcome  to the site of Jonathan I. Lunine, Professor of Physics at the University of Rome, Tor Vergata. Here you can see my research and teaching activities. Please feel free to email me:

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especially students!

Key mission links

  1. Cassini

  2. JWST

  3. Juno

Titan Mare Explorer (TiME) Discovery Mission selected for Phase A study by NASA! See

As Deputy PI I am thrilled to be part of the crew to develop further a ship to sail the seas of Titan.

Dipartimento di Fisica

Università di Roma "Tor Vergata"

Via della Ricerca Scientifica, 1

00133 Rome ITALY