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Workshop on Landing Sites for Exploration Missions - Summary Outcome and Recommendations

Workshop on Landing Sites for Exploration Missions - Summary Outcome and Recommendations

Publication date: 20 March 2011

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The first European workshop on Landing Sites for Exploration Missions took place at the Lorentz Centre, in Leiden (NL) on 17-21 January 2011. The workshop was organised in the framework of a Europlanet JRA1 (Support to Future Missions) grant. It gathered more than sixty participants from the space science and engineering communities in Europe, the United States, and Asia.

The workshop's programme combined a series of lectures presenting different perspectives on landing sites with hands-on sessions involving small, interdisciplinary teams focussing on specific mission scenarios. The goal of the workshop was to bring together the international landing site community to start preparing for landing site selection and characterisation activities serving missions having a European component. The week was concluded with a conference at the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC), focussing on the international programmatic context of robotic exploration missions.

This report presents the workshop's outcome, recommendations, and detailed results of the various mission scenarios that were studied: three Mars mission scenarios (2016 Entry, Descent and Landing Demonstrator Module, 2018 Dual Rover Mission, and Mars Sample Return); a mission to a small solar system body, such as Phobos or an asteroid; and a Google Lunar X-prize mission to consider landing site selection approaches for commercial missions).

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