The European Space Agency (ESA) has decided to dedicate one of the two ExoMars 2022 mission devices to the former head of the Aeronautical Engineering Department of the Politecnico di Milano Amalia Ercoli Finzi.
She has been the first woman to graduate in aeronautical engineering at the Politecnico di Milano Institute (Italy), and the scientist to whom we owe the supervision of the drill that pierced the core of comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko (510 million kilometers from Earth) in 2014.
Now, two rovers are involved in this mission. “Rosalind” (in honour of Franklin, the English chemist who first photographed the double helix structure of DNA) is the one appointed to descend to the Red Planet as part of ExoMars 2022. It will be “transported” to Baikonur, Kazakhstan, in the next few months, while Amalia will remain on Earth to guarantee the technicians the needed mission stress-tests.