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Planetary Mapping

Objective

We are living in a golden age for space exploration and the world-wide interest in planetary surface exploration, with particular regard to future robotic and human missions, is rapidly increasing. Many nations can maintain robust space programs that continuously provide a great amount of highly complex datasets. Geological maps provide the context for all observations and interpretations of surface and subsurface processes on any planetary body and their histories. Nonetheless, planetary geological maps are still developed almost exclusively by a single research institute in the world (USGS-USA), resulting in exceedingly long publication delays among other grave disadvantages. Thus, it is high time to improve this situation in order to maximize the scientific output of planetary missions and improve the position of Europe in this context. PLANetary MAPping project (PLANMAP) aims at providing highly informative geological maps of the three main bodies of interest for European space missions in the next decade: Mars, Mercury and the Moon. These maps will include spectral information, elemental composition, absolute ages and ground truth information. They will also provide the basis for subsurface 3D geological modelling, and will be disseminated using dedicated web-GIS software.

Coordinator

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PADOVA
Net EU contribution
€ 273 750,00
Address
Via 8 Febbraio 2
35122 Padova
Italy

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Region
Nord-Est Veneto Padova
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00

Participants (5)

THE OPEN UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 241 250,00
Address
Walton Hall
MK7 6AA Milton Keynes

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Region
South East (England) Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Milton Keynes
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
WESTFAELISCHE WILHELMS-UNIVERSITAET MUENSTER
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 238 000,00
Address
Schlossplatz 2
48149 Muenster

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Region
Nordrhein-Westfalen Münster Münster, Kreisfreie Stadt
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI ASTROFISICA
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 238 750,00
Address
Viale Del Parco Mellini 84
00136 Roma

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Region
Centro (IT) Lazio Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
Net EU contribution
€ 240 870,00
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris

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Region
Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
JACOBS UNIVERSITY BREMEN GGMBH
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 267 000,00
Address
Campus Ring 1
28725 Bremen

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Region
Bremen Bremen Bremen, Kreisfreie Stadt
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00