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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.

Field of science

  • /humanities/history and archaeology/archaeology
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/astronomy/planetary science/planetary geology
  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/geology

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-RISE-2018
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Funding Scheme

MSCA-RISE - Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE)

Coordinator

ALMA SISTEMI SRL
Address
Via Dei Nasturzi 4
00012 Guidonia Montecelio Rm
Italy
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 248 400

Participants (6)

UNIVERSIDAD COMPLUTENSE DE MADRID
Spain
EU contribution
€ 138 000
Address
Avenida De Seneca 2
28040 Madrid
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
CYPRUS SPACE EXPLORATION ORGANISATION (CSEO)
Cyprus
EU contribution
€ 179 400
Address
Floor 7, Nicosia Tower Centre, 36 Lord Byron Avenu
1096 Nicosia
Activity type
Research Organisations
SENSIA SOLUTIONS SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 138 000
Address
Avenida De Gregorio Peces Barba 1
28918 Leganes
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SPACE SYSTEMS SOLUTIONS (S3)LTD
Cyprus
EU contribution
€ 165 600
Address
36 Lord Byron Avenue Floor 7 Nico
1096 Nicosia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI GABRIELE D'ANNUNZIO DI CHIETI-PESCARA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 151 800
Address
Via Dei Vestini 31
66013 Chieti
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI SASSARI
Italy
EU contribution
€ 151 800
Address
Piazza Universita 21
07100 Sassari
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

Partners (1)

THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM
United States
Address
Colorado Street 601
78701 2982 Austin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments