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Towards Human Exploration of Space: a EUropean Strategy

Objective

Space missions in Earth orbit have demonstrated that men can survive and work in space for long durations. However, there are pending technological, medical and psychological issues to be solved before adventuring in longer duration space missions. Furthermore technological breakthroughs, e.g. in life support systems and recycling technologies are required to reduce the costs of these expeditions. Solving these issues will need scientific and technological breakthroughs of interest for clinical and industrial applications and also allow identifying the relevance of these questions to health issues on Earth. Despite existing ESA or NASA studies or roadmaps Europe still has no scientific and industrial roadmap. The THESEUS objective is to develop an integrated life sciences research roadmap enabling European human space exploration in synergy with ESA, taking advantage of the European expertise and identifying the potential of non space applications and dual research and development. It will (1) identify disciplinary research priorities; (2) focus on fields with high terrestrial application potential; (3) build a European network as the core of this strategy. This will be achieved by setting-up and coordinating 15 Expert Groups of European and international experts, ensuring that complementary expertises are gathered and that experts coming from non European countries and from the industrial sectors are included. They will be asked to develop their activities and recommendations based on the scenario proposed by ESA Space Exploration Architecture (human presence in Low Earth Orbit, return to the Moon and human exploration of Mars). The work plan is structured to develop a survey of the state of the art, an improved focus on the relevance of the relevant research for current and upcoming health challenges on Earth and otential bio-medical application, a detailed set of disciplinary priorities and an integrated roadmap providing strategic orientations for research.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/astronomy/space exploration

Call for proposal

FP7-SPACE-2009-1
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Funding Scheme

CSA-CA - Coordination (or networking) actions

Coordinator

FONDATION EUROPEENNE DE LA SCIENCE
Address
Quai Lezay Marnesia 1
67080 Strasbourg Cedex
France
Activity type
Other
EU contribution
€ 484 789,73
Administrative Contact
David Weber (Mr.)

Participants (5)

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 66 611,78
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Denis Fix (Mr.)
DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUR LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 48 783,44
Address
Linder Hohe
51147 Koln
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Monica Muench (Ms.)
MEDES-INST MEDECINE PHYSIOLOGIE SPATIALE
France
EU contribution
€ 52 051,22
Address
Clinique Spatiale, Avenue Jean Poulhes 1
31403 Toulouse
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Géraldine Denat (Ms.)
STUDIECENTRUM VOOR KERNENERGIE / CENTRE D'ETUDE DE L'ENERGIE NUCLEAIRE
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 44 113,96
Address
Avenue Herrmann Debroux 40
1160 Bruxelles
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Griet Vanderperren (Ms.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 109 718,87
Address
Firth Court Western Bank
S10 2TN Sheffield
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Tracey Swift (Dr.)