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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.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/inorganic compounds
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/astronomy/planetary science/planetary geology
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/software
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/astronomy/space exploration
  • /humanities/history and archaeology/history

Call for proposal

H2020-COMPET-2017
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PADOVA
Address
Via 8 Febbraio 2
35122 Padova
Italy
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 273 750

Participants (5)

THE OPEN UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 241 250
Address
Walton Hall
MK7 6AA Milton Keynes
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
WESTFAELISCHE WILHELMS-UNIVERSITAET MUENSTER
Germany
EU contribution
€ 238 000
Address
Schlossplatz 2
48149 Muenster
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI ASTROFISICA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 238 750
Address
Viale Del Parco Mellini 84
00136 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 240 870
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
JACOBS UNIVERSITY BREMEN GGMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 267 000
Address
Campus Ring 1
28759 Bremen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments