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European Curation of Astromaterials Returned from the Exploration of Space

European Curation of Astromaterials Returned from the Exploration of Space

Objective

Sample return missions (SRMs) are a critical next step in our exploration of the Solar System and are identified as strategic missions by international space agencies. Europe has a very strong legacy in the curation and research of precious extraterrestrial materials. To maintain European leadership and ensure high-level involvement in future SRMs, a dedicated European Sample Curation Facility (ESCF) to receive and curate returned samples from the Moon, asteroids and Mars, is of critical importance.
Euro-CARES will focus on 5 key themes for developing a ESCF:
o Planetary Protection- protocols and methods for future SRMs
o Instrumentation and Analytical Methods- in the fields of cosmo/geochemistry and biosciences
o Facilities and Infrastructures- to curate sensitive extraterrestrial or biological materials
o Analogue Materials- that are most appropriate and can be used in ‘end to end’ SRM planning
o Portable Receiving Technologies- used to move samples whilst retaining scientific integrity and bio-containment (for Mars samples)
Using the 5 key themes Euro-CARES will:
1) Evaluate and critically assess the state of the art within Europe and internationally to identify critical requirements for the ESCF
2) Determine and verify European readiness levels to identify where investment is required and opportunities for European leadership in scientific and engineering fields related to curating extraterrestrial samples
3) Engage with scientific, industrial, governmental and public stakeholders through community workshops, conferences, publications and educational opportunities
4) Deliver recommendations and roadmaps defining the steps necessary to deliver a ESCF to ensure high-level involvement in future ESA and international SRMs
Euro-CARES comprises a team of scientists and engineers from across Europe with internationally recognised expertise in astrobiology, biosciences, cosmo/geochemistry, extraterrestrial sample curation, planetary protection and space exploration.
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Coordinator

NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM

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Cromwell Road
Sw7 5bd London

United Kingdom

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Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)

EU Contribution

€ 365 008,79

Participants (12)

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ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI ASTROFISICA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 348 025

Naturhistorisches Museum Wien

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 316 400,21

MUSEUM NATIONAL D'HISTOIRE NATURELLE

France

EU Contribution

€ 123 140

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

EU Contribution

€ 209 196,25

THE OPEN UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 180 227,50

DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUER LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 69 908,75

UNIVERSITY OF LEICESTER

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 44 391,25

Department of Health

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 97 131,25

UNIVERSITA DI PISA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 20 625

SENCKENBERG GESELLSCHAFT FUR NATURFORSCHUNG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 85 096,25

UNIVERSITE LIBRE DE BRUXELLES

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 34 375

THALES ALENIA SPACE UK LTD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 106 473,75

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 640190

  • Start date

    1 January 2015

  • End date

    31 December 2017

Funded under:

H2020-EU.2.1.6.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 999 999

  • EU contribution

    € 1 999 999

Coordinated by:

NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM

United Kingdom

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