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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.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/astronomy/planetary science/asteroids
  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/geochemistry
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/astronomy/space exploration

Call for proposal

H2020-COMPET-2014
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM
Address
Cromwell Road
SW7 5BD London
United Kingdom
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 365 008,79

Participants (12)

ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI ASTROFISICA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 348 025
Address
Viale Del Parco Mellini 84
00136 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Naturhistorisches Museum Wien
Austria
EU contribution
€ 316 400,21
Address
Burgring 7
1010 Wien
Activity type
Research Organisations
MUSEUM NATIONAL D'HISTOIRE NATURELLE
France
EU contribution
€ 123 140
Address
Rue Cuvier 57
75005 Paris
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 209 196,25
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
THE OPEN UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 180 227,50
Address
Walton Hall
MK7 6AA Milton Keynes
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUR LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 69 908,75
Address
Linder Hohe
51147 Koln
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITY OF LEICESTER
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 44 391,25
Address
University Road
LE1 7RH Leicester
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Department of Health
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 97 131,25
Address
Quarry House, Quarry Hill
LS2 7UE Leeds
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITA DI PISA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 20 625
Address
Lungarno Pacinotti 43/44
56126 Pisa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
SENCKENBERG GESELLSCHAFT FUR NATURFORSCHUNG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 85 096,25
Address
Senckenberganlage 25
60325 Frankfurt
Activity type
Other
UNIVERSITE LIBRE DE BRUXELLES
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 34 375
Address
Avenue Franklin Roosevelt 50
1050 Bruxelles
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
THALES ALENIA SPACE UK LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 106 473,75
Address
2 Dashwood Lang Road
KT15 2NX Weybridge
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)