1st International Electronic Conference on Geosciences
C: Planetary Geology and Earth Analogs
Dr. Matteo Massironi, Universita degli Studi di Padova, Center of Studies and Activities for Space G. Colombo, Padua, Italy
Dr. Francesco Sauro, Italian Institute of Speleology, Dept. of Earth and Geological-Environmental Sciences, Bologna, Italy
Prof. Dr. Jesus Martinez-Frias, Instituto de Geociencias, IGEO (CSIC-UCM), C/ Del Doctor Severo Ochoa 7, Facultad de Medicina (Edificio Entrepabellones 7 y 8), 28040 Madrid, Spain
The constant improvement of space technologies and payloads, together with the ambitious planetary exploration goals in the foreseeable future—such as human missions to Mars, a permanent station on the Moon surface and detailed investigations of the outer Solar System—have made planetary geology and Earth analogue studies a primary role in space science. Indeed, planetary geologists can now have easy access to spectacular high resolution remotely sensed data on an increasing number of planetary and minor bodies and to remarkable in situ observations and measurements on Mars and the Moon. This continuously provides an impressive amount of data that must be compared to laboratory analyses of analogue samples in order to be fully understood. In addition, studies of Earth analogues are increasingly needed on different kinds of geological environments to evaluate and physically mimic future robotic and human missions to planetary bodies. All these activities cover the full spectrum of Geosciences in which covers countless research themes. This session aims to bring together expertize from any planetary mission science activities involving geological research, laboratory analyses on planetary analogues, studies on Earth analogues characterization and fidelity assessment.