NEWTON (NEW portable multi-sensor scienTific instrument for non-invasive ON-site characterisation of rock from planetary surface and sub-surfaces) project is an international research project co-funded from EU H2020 programme funds. The project aims at developing a new portable and compact multi-sensor instrument for ground breaking high resolution magnetic characterisation of planetary surfaces and sub-surfaces through the combination of complex susceptibility and vector measurements. With this, NEWTON gives the first opportunity to perform high resolution and complete non-invasive in-situ magnetic characterization of planetary surfaces and subsurfaces, being the Moon and Marts the main scenarios of the use of this new technology. NEWTON provides unique scientific information on some of the main objectives related to the Solar System exploration roadmap such as the intense magnetic crustal anomalies of Mars and the strongly discussed formation of its moons.
NEWTON project has a duration of 36 months and is developed by a consortium which is comprised by six partners from three European countries: TTI, leading the project, National Institute for Aerospace Technology Esteban Terradas (INTA) and Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM) from Spain, University of Trier (UT) and Institut für Industriellen und Geotechnischen Umweltschutz (IGU) from Germany and the Laboratoire de Planétologie et Géodynamique (LPG) from France.
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