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Planetary Terrestrial Analogues Library

Total Cost €


EC-Contrib. €






Project "PTAL" data sheet

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Organization address
address: PROBLEMVEIEN 5-7
city: OSLO
postcode: 313

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 Coordinator Country Norway [NO]
 Project website
 Total cost 1˙497˙950 €
 EC max contribution 1˙497˙950 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.2.1.6. (INDUSTRIAL LEADERSHIP - Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies – Space)
 Code Call H2020-COMPET-2015
 Funding Scheme RIA
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-01-01   to  2020-12-31


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITETET I OSLO NO (OSLO) coordinator 599˙913.00
3    UNIVERSITE PARIS-SACLAY FR (SAINT AUBIN) participant 448˙625.00


 Project objective

A new and exciting era of planetary space exploration started in 2000 with a plethora of in-situ and orbital missions in operation at terrestrial planets and small Solar System bodies. The characterisation of the surface of these planetary objects is one of the major goals of space exploration. In order to support these operations, reduction and analyses of the space mission data, the PTAL (Planetary Terrestrial Analogues Library) project aims to build and exploit a multi-instrument spectral data base and joint spectral interpretation tools. We will determine mineral alteration pathways for natural and artificial terrestrial analogue materials under well-defined and controlled experimental conditions. The impact of varying environmental conditions (e.g., gas pressure, temperature, pH-value) will be tested to better constrain the geochemical aspect of habitable conditions on Mars, the prime target of this project. All natural and artificial rock samples and their alteration products will be characterised for the spectral library with commercial and dedicated spacecraft instrumentation (NIR, RAMAN, LIBS) under laboratory conditions, and where possible on in-situ field campaigns. Both the understanding of alteration pathways and coordinated analyses of the surface of Mars from orbital and landed platforms with new and well-characterised spectral data will allow unprecedented interpretations of the climatic and environmental evolution for materials detected at new landing sites using our well-defined experimental parameter space for deriving conditions and evolution of environment and climate at Mars. Defining and characterising the ingredients for habitability at yet another planet will broaden our conception on the origin and evolution of life on our own planet, and prepare future investigations of forthcoming space missions in which several project members are highly involved.


List of deliverables.
Project website Websites, patent fillings, videos etc. 2020-03-11 12:18:13

Take a look to the deliverables list in detail:  detailed list of PTAL deliverables.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2020 Marco Veneranda, Guillermo Lopez-Reyes, José Antonio Manrique, Jesus Medina, Patricia Ruiz-Galende, Imanol Torre-Fdez, Kepa Castro, Cateline Lantz, François Poulet, Henning Dypvik, Stephanie C. Werner, Fernando Rull
ExoMars Raman Laser Spectrometer: A Tool for the Potential Recognition of Wet-Target Craters on Mars
published pages: 349-363, ISSN: 1531-1074, DOI: 10.1089/ast.2019.2095
Astrobiology 20/3 2020-03-13
2020 François Poulet, Christoph Gross, Briony Horgan, Damien Loizeau, Janice L. Bishop, John Carter, Csilla Orgel
Mawrth Vallis, Mars: A Fascinating Place for Future In Situ Exploration
published pages: 199-234, ISSN: 1531-1074, DOI: 10.1089/ast.2019.2074
Astrobiology 20/2 2020-03-13
2019 Marco Veneranda, Jesús Sáiz, Aurelio Sanz‐Arranz, Jose Antonio Manrique, Guillermo Lopez‐Reyes, Jesús Medina, Henning Dypvik, Stephanie C. Werner, Fernando Rull
Planetary Terrestrial Analogues Library (PTAL) project: Raman data overview
published pages: , ISSN: 0377-0486, DOI: 10.1002/jrs.5652
Journal of Raman Spectroscopy 2020-03-11
2019 Marco Veneranda, Jose Antonio Manrique-Martinez, Guillermo Lopez-Reyes, Jesús Medina, Imanol Torre-Fdez, Kepa Castro, Juan Manuel Madariaga, Cateline Lantz, Francois Poulet, Agata M. Krzesińska, Helge Hellevang, Stephanie C. Werner, Fernando Rull
Spectroscopic study of olivine-bearing rocks and its relevance to the ExoMars rover mission
published pages: 117360, ISSN: 1386-1425, DOI: 10.1016/j.saa.2019.117360
Spectrochimica Acta Part A: Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy 223 2020-03-11
2019 Jean-Christophe Viennet, Benjamin Bultel, Stephanie C. Werner
Experimental reproduction of the martian weathering profiles argues for a dense Noachian CO2 atmosphere
published pages: 82-95, ISSN: 0009-2541, DOI: 10.1016/j.chemgeo.2019.07.009
Chemical Geology 525 2020-03-11
2017 Jean-Christophe Viennet, Benjamin Bultel, Lucie Riu, Stephanie C. Werner
Dioctahedral Phyllosilicates Versus Zeolites and Carbonates Versus Zeolites Competitions as Constraints to Understanding Early Mars Alteration Conditions
published pages: 2328-2343, ISSN: 2169-9097, DOI: 10.1002/2017JE005343
Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets 122/11 2020-03-11
2019 Benjamin Bultel, Jean‐Christophe Viennet, François Poulet, John Carter, Stephanie C. Werner
Detection of Carbonates in Martian Weathering Profiles
published pages: 989-1007, ISSN: 2169-9097, DOI: 10.1029/2018je005845
Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets 124/4 2020-03-11
2019 L. Riu, F. Poulet, J.-P. Bibring, B. Gondet
The M3 project: 2 - Global distributions of mafic mineral abundances on Mars
published pages: 31-53, ISSN: 0019-1035, DOI: 10.1016/j.icarus.2019.01.002
Icarus 322 2020-03-11
2019 L. Riu, F. Poulet, J. Carter, J.-P. Bibring, B. Gondet, M. Vincendon
The M3 project: 1- A global hyperspectral image-cube of the martian surface
published pages: 281-292, ISSN: 0019-1035, DOI: 10.1016/j.icarus.2018.09.016
Icarus 319 2020-03-11
2018 C. Sætre, H. Hellevang, L. Riu, H. Dypvik, C. Pilorget, F. Poulet, S. C. Werner
Experimental hydrothermal alteration of basaltic glass with relevance to Mars
published pages: 357-378, ISSN: 1086-9379, DOI: 10.1111/maps.13214
Meteoritics & Planetary Science 54/2 2020-03-11

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