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IN-SITU INSTRUMENT FOR MARS AND EARTH DATING APPLICATIONS

Objective

As the ongoing robotic exploration to Mars has made some tantalising discoveries, the next major step should be retrieving samples from the Martian surface, so they can be investigated in detail in terrestrial laboratories. However, considering the huge costs associated to suh missions, an in-situ dating of rock samples is a more cost-effective approach. Accurate estimation of absolute ages is required in order to understand Mars surface and atmosphere evolutionary processes. Furthermore knowledge on occurrence and time frequency of such processes allow a hazard evaluation for locations/areas, essential for future deployments, missions and eventually humans on Mars. However, a chronology for recent events on Mars is problematic, as uncertainties associated with current methodology (crater counting) are comparable to the younger ages obtained (~ 1 Million years). IN-TIME project addresses the technological and economic viability of a leading-edge instrument for dating of Mars’ surface: a miniaturized Luminescence dating instrument for in-situ examination. Thanks to the development of its innovative technology, and in addition to planetary exploration application, it will also address Earth's field applications as a light and portable dating instrument in geology and archaeology as well as a risk assessment tool for accident and emergency dosimetry and nuclear mass-casualty events.

Coordinator

ALMA SISTEMI SRL
Net EU contribution
€ 303 600,00
Address
Via Dei Nasturzi 4
00012 Guidonia Montecelio Rm
Italy

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Region
Centro (IT) Lazio Roma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00

Participants (6)

UNIVERSIDAD COMPLUTENSE DE MADRID
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 82 800,00
Address
Avenida De Seneca 2
28040 Madrid

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Region
Comunidad de Madrid Comunidad de Madrid Madrid
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
CYPRUS SPACE EXPLORATION ORGANISATION (CSEO)
Cyprus
Net EU contribution
€ 179 400,00
Address
Floor 7, Nicosia Tower Centre, 36 Lord Byron Avenu
1096 Nicosia

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Region
Κύπρος Κύπρος Κύπρος
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
SENSIA SOLUTIONS SL
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 138 000,00
Address
Avenida De Gregorio Peces Barba 1
28918 Leganes

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Comunidad de Madrid Comunidad de Madrid Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
SPACE SYSTEMS SOLUTIONS (S3)LTD
Cyprus
Net EU contribution
€ 165 600,00
Address
36 Lord Byron Avenue Floor 7 Nico
1096 Nicosia

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Κύπρος Κύπρος Κύπρος
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI GABRIELE D'ANNUNZIO DI CHIETI-PESCARA
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 151 800,00
Address
Via Dei Vestini 31
66013 Chieti

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Region
Sud Abruzzo Chieti
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI SASSARI
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 151 800,00
Address
Piazza Universita 21
07100 Sassari

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Region
Isole Sardegna Sassari
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00

Partners (1)

Partner

Partner organisations contribute to the implementation of the action, but do not sign the Grant Agreement.

THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM
United States
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Colorado Street 601
78701 2982 Austin

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00