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Planetary Mapping

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.
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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)

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THE OPEN UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 241 250

WESTFAELISCHE WILHELMS-UNIVERSITAET MUENSTER

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 238 000

ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI ASTROFISICA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 238 750

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

EU Contribution

€ 240 870

JACOBS UNIVERSITY BREMEN GGMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 267 000

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 776276

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 March 2018

  • End date

    28 February 2021

Funded under:

H2020-EU.2.1.6.3.

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 499 620

  • EU contribution

    € 1 499 620

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PADOVA

Italy