Meeting of scientific advisory groups of the scientific program of ESA



During the days 21 and 22 October, at the National Institute of Aerospace Technology (INTA) and the Astrobiology Center (CAB, CSIC-INTA), will meet the scientific advisory groups of the ESA Scientific Program.

The European Space Agency (ESA) has an ambitious scientific program in which includes several lines of action, from space exploration to High Energy Physics. This Scientific Program of ESA has two scientific advisory groups: Astrophysics and Fundamental Physics and Solar System and Planetary Exploration. Both committees have a large Spanish participation. The committee of Astrophysics and Fundamental Physics, in addition, is chaired by Jesús Martín-Pintado, Research Professor of the CSIC in the CAB.

During the days 21 and 22 October these two groups will meet at the INTA and in the CAB in order to discuss the status of the ESA Scientific Program. It will review the status of the studies of the candidate missions to be selected, in February 2014, as the mission number 3 of Medium type (M3). Both the CAB and the INTA have an outstanding participation in the studies of the candidate missions known as PLATO (will detect Terrestrial exoplanets in the Habitability area) and ECHO (will come to characterize the exoplanets of type "supertierras"). < / p>

The scientific exploitation plan of ExoMars, the European Program for Mars Exploration, will also be discussed in detail. With ExoMars it is intended to study Mars by combining two missions. The first will consist of an orbiter that will be launched in 2016 and that will also demote the European capacity for the technological system of descent posing on the Martian surface a prototype mini-platform known as Deams equipped, among other instruments, with a radiation sensor developed by the Department of Useful Loads of INTA. The second mission, to be launched in 2018, transports a rover with a wide range of instruments that will carry out studies of the Martian mineralogy and will try to detect organic molecules on the surface and in the subsurface of Mars, more than 1 mm deep. Spain, through the CAB and with a fundamental contribution of the Department of Useful Loads of INTA, leads the construction and scientific exploitation of one of the instruments of the rover, the RAMAN spectrometer, to which contribute also France, the United Kingdom and Germany.


Prof. Jesús Martín-Pintado

Scientific Culture Unit of the CAB: Luis Cuesta


Fuente: UCC-CAB

Fecha: 2013-10-18


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