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European Curation of Astromaterials Returned from the Exploration of Space

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EC-Contrib. €






Project "EURO-CARES" data sheet

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Organization address
city: LONDON
postcode: SW7 5BD

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Total cost 1˙999˙999 €
 EC max contribution 1˙999˙999 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU. (Enabling European competitiveness, non-dependence and innovation of the European space sector)
 Code Call H2020-COMPET-2014
 Funding Scheme RIA
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-01-01   to  2017-12-31


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM UK (LONDON) coordinator 365˙008.00
3    Naturhistorisches Museum Wien AT (WIEN) participant 316˙400.00
5    THE OPEN UNIVERSITY UK (MILTON KEYNES) participant 180˙227.00
7    THALES ALENIA SPACE UK LTD UK (Weybridge) participant 106˙473.00
8    Department of Health UK (Leeds) participant 97˙131.00
11    UNIVERSITY OF LEICESTER UK (LEICESTER) participant 44˙391.00
13    UNIVERSITA DI PISA IT (PISA) participant 20˙625.00


 Project 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.


List of deliverables.
D8.11 - Virtual exhibit Websites, patent fillings, videos etc. 2019-05-31 12:23:33
D1.9 - Consolidated Requirements Document Documents, reports 2019-05-31 12:23:31
D5.2 - Interim Report – Appropriate Analogues Documents, reports 2019-05-31 12:22:57
D9.2 Documents, reports 2019-05-31 12:23:22
D5.4 - WP3 Final Report Documents, reports 2019-05-31 12:23:17
D5.1 - Interim Report – Required Analogue Characteristics Documents, reports 2019-05-31 12:23:10
D8.4 - Web Forum Websites, patent fillings, videos etc. 2019-05-31 12:23:30
D8.9 - Outreach package Documents, reports 2019-05-31 12:23:10
D3.3 - Advanced Design and Technology Identification Documents, reports 2019-05-31 12:23:27
D8.7 - Educational Materials - Universities Documents, reports 2019-05-31 12:23:13
D9.3 - Annual project report Documents, reports 2019-05-31 12:23:15
D2.6 - Summary report WP2 Documents, reports 2019-05-31 12:23:03
D2.3 - Report on Sterilisation Documents, reports 2019-05-31 12:23:14
D8.8 - MOOC Websites, patent fillings, videos etc. 2019-05-31 12:22:59
D6.5 - Report on Required Innovations Documents, reports 2019-05-31 12:23:07
D3.1 - Preliminary Conceptual Design Documents, reports 2019-05-31 12:23:09
D8.6 - Educational Material - Schools Documents, reports 2019-05-31 12:22:56
D5.3 - Presentations at international conferences Other 2019-05-31 12:23:27
D2.4 - Report on Sample Transfer Documents, reports 2019-05-31 12:23:12
D4.4 - Report on Industry visits Documents, reports 2019-05-31 12:22:57
D2.2 - Report on Biohazard & Biosecurity Documents, reports 2019-05-31 12:22:54
D6.4 - Report on Planetary Protection Documents, reports 2019-05-31 12:22:52
D4.2 - Report on Instrumentation Documents, reports 2019-05-31 12:22:57
D9.1 - Inaugural meeting report Documents, reports 2019-05-31 12:23:08
D3.2 - Workshop Report Documents, reports 2019-03-08 17:26:45
D4.1 - Report on Space Agency visits Documents, reports 2019-03-08 17:26:46
D6.1 - Report on Recovery Preparation Documents, reports 2019-03-08 17:26:47
D6.2 - Report on Initial Inspection Documents, reports 2019-03-08 17:26:48
D6.3 - Report on Transport Documents, reports 2019-03-08 17:26:47
D4.3 - Workshop WP4 report Documents, reports 2019-03-08 17:26:45
D4.5 - Final report WP4 Documents, reports 2019-03-08 17:26:47
D3.4 - Final report WP3 Documents, reports 2019-03-08 17:26:46
D2.5 - Report on Sample Transfer Documents, reports 2019-03-08 17:26:45
D1.7 - List of Provisional Requirements Documents, reports 2019-03-08 17:26:45
D1.8 - Workshop Report and Recommendations Documents, reports 2019-03-08 17:26:45
D1.6 - Preliminary Requirements – Portable Receiving Technologies Documents, reports 2019-03-08 17:26:45
D1.4 - Preliminary Requirements – Methods and Instruments Documents, reports 2019-05-31 12:14:54
D8.3 - Twitter Websites, patent fillings, videos etc. 2019-03-08 17:26:44
D1.2 - Preliminary Requirements – Planetary Protection Documents, reports 2019-05-31 12:14:45
D2.1 - Report on Life and Biohazard Assessment Documents, reports 2019-05-31 12:14:42
D1.1 - Mission Overview and Timeline Document Documents, reports 2019-05-31 12:14:43
D1.5 - Preliminary Requirements – Analogue Samples Documents, reports 2019-05-31 12:14:53
D1.3 - Preliminary Requirements – Facilities and Infrastructure Documents, reports 2019-05-31 12:14:49
D8.2 - Website Live Websites, patent fillings, videos etc. 2019-03-08 17:26:44
D8.10 - Brochure Documents, reports 2019-03-08 17:26:48
D7.1 - Interim technical report Documents, reports 2019-03-08 17:26:48
D7.2 - Final technical report Documents, reports 2019-03-08 17:26:48

Take a look to the deliverables list in detail:  detailed list of EURO-CARES deliverables.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2017 S. S. Russell, C. L. Smith, A. Hutzler, A. Meneghin, J. Brucato, P. Rettberg, L. Ferrière
EURO-CARES (European Curation of Astromaterials Returned from Exploration of Space): An Update
published pages: \"Abstract #2586, ISSN: , DOI:
48th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (2017) 2019-05-29
2017 J. Zipfel, F. Westall, F. Foucher (2017)
Analogue Samples in a European Sample Curation Facility — The EURO-CARES Project
published pages: \"Abstract #2674, ISSN: , DOI:
48th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (2017) 2019-05-29
2017 M. M. Grady, S. S. Russell, Euro-Cares Team (2017)
The Requirement for a Returned Sample Curation Facility in Europe.
published pages: \"Abstract #8075, ISSN: , DOI:
Planetary Science Vision 2050 Workshop (2017) 2019-05-29
2017 Dirri F., Longobardo A., Palomba E., Hutzler A., Ferrière L., and the EURO-CARES Consortium
Basic design of sample container for transport of extraterrestrial samples.
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
European Planetary Science Congress 2017 Vol. 11, EPSC2017-811 2019-05-29
2017 Dirri F., Longobardo A., Palomba E., Hutzler A., Ferrière L., and the EURO-CARES Consortium
Basic design of sample container for transportation of extraterrestrial samples within a Sample Curation Facility (SCF) and between SCF and laboratories.
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
XIV National Congress of Planetary Science 2019-05-29
2018 Hutzler A., Meneghin A., Aléon J., Berthoud L., Brucato J. R., Ferrière L., Gounelle M., Grady M., Russell S. S., Smith C. L., Westall F., and the EURO-CARES Consortium
EURO-CARES – How to advance European efforts to have a curation facility for unrestricted and/or restricted samples from sample return missions
published pages: \"Abstract #2787, ISSN: , DOI:
49th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference 2019-05-29
2017 Russell S., Smith C., Hutzler A., Meneghin A., Brucato J., Ferrière L., Gounelle M., Westall F., Berthoud L., and Grady M.
European sample return missions and the curation in Europe of material returned from space.
published pages: \"#3441\", ISSN: , DOI:
Goldschmidt Abstracts 2019-05-29
2016 M. M. Grady, B. Dryer, S. S. Russell, J. Aléon, L. Berthoud, J. R. Brucato, L. Ferrière, M. Gounelle, A. Hutzler, A. Meneghin, C. L. Smith, F. Westall, EURO-CARES Consortium
EURO-CARES: The Education and Outreach Opportunities Offered by a European Sample Curation Facility.
published pages: \"Abstract #2358, ISSN: , DOI:
47th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (2016) 2019-05-29

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