I. Introduction

Samples returned from the Moon and Mars will have an invaluable scientific value, leading to groundbreaking discoveries and high-profile publications.

With upcoming sample return missions in preparation, participation of multiple spacefaring nations and thus international coordination is necessary. As such, the approach for science management and curation of samples returned from other bodies in our solar system should be clearly defined before hand.

This survey attempts to investigate the wider communities’ opinion on the issue of governance and availability of Mars and Moon samples.

Note: This survey is purely for information gathering purposes and any information provided will not be used in any future selection or sample allocation processes.

Deadline: 31 October 2019
Reference Material:

[1] ESA Lunar Science Strategy

[2] MSR Sample Science Management Planning: Poster and Slides by MSR Science Planning Group presented at 9th Intl. Mars Conference (Report in preparation).

[3] iMars Phase 2 Report

[4] EuroCares Reports
[a] Synthesis Report
[b] Final Technical Report

[5] iMOST Report: "The potential science and engineering value of samples delivered to Earth by Mars sample return"

[6] MSR Science Planning Group
[a] Workshop #1 Report and Presentation: "The Relationship of Mars Sample Return Science and Containment"
[b] Workshop #2 Report: "Contamination Control". Poster presented at 9th Intl. Mars Conference

[7] 2018 MSR Conference (Berlin) Website with abstracts and recordings of all presentations

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