Full Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Athena Coustenis LESIA (Bat. 18) Observatoire de Meudon 5, place Jules Janssen 92195 Meudon Cedex France Athena.Coustenis@obspm.fr Born in Athens, Greece. French and Greek citizenship. Professional status: Athena Coustenis is Director of Research 1st class with the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) of France, working at Paris Observatory in Meudon. Her specialty is


What is an astrobiologist? I came to Astrobiology quite early in my research. How could I miss the implications ‘Titan: the frozen Earth’, ‘organic chemistry closest to our planet’, the ‘methane cycle mimicking the water cycle on Earth’, etc. Of course, ancient Greek philosophers (them again !) had already thought of a universe consisting of

cassini-huygens era

The Cassini-Huygens era how does an astronomer work? In July 2004 the Cassini mission finally arrived at Saturn and entered into orbit around the planet, visiting the whole system. Even our wildest models and speculations hadn’t prepared us for what we’ve seen since then with instruments performing beyond our expectations. During one freezing cold night,


FROM A GREEK BEACH TO A TITAN LAKE SHORE Or, how a Greek girl became a planetologist I come from a country where people look up at the sky quite often, especially at nighttime. And from ages lost in time, they usually try to make sense of what they see. How Aristarchus invented the heliocentric

early career

I did my PhD at Paris Observatory in Meudon, getting my first ‘taste’ of Titan from Voyager 1 infrared data working with colleagues who since then have become good friends. Once I got a glimpse of Titan, I was hooked, bewitched, inspired and haven’t left the Outer Solar System since then… Right after my Ph.D.