Astromaterials Data Management in the Era of Sample-Return Missions

November, 8-9, 2021 | Tucson, Arizona

CyVerse will host a virtual booth in collaboration with the University of Arizona Data Science Institute.

Not since the Apollo era has there been so much invested in returning rocks to Earth from space. From the new lunar samples from the Apollo Next Generation Sample Analysis (ANGSA) initiative and the Chinese Chang'e-5 mission to asteroid samples from the NASA’s OSIRIS-REx and JAXA’s Hayabusa2 missions, sample science will be at the forefront of planetary science. NASA is also planning several missions to return samples from the Moon (e.g., Artemis program) and Mars (e.g., Mars 2020 and Mars Sample Return).

As described in the final report of the NASA Planetary Data Ecosystem Independent Review Board — and unlike for the curation and management of astromaterials at Johnson Space Center —  “there is no requirement levied upon sample return missions for the archival of mission-supported laboratory analytical data and metadata”. More broadly, the sample science community does not have common agreed-upon archival standards and systems for all the data and metadata derived from the analysis of astromaterials, including mission-returned samples, meteorites, micrometeorites, and interplanetary dust particles.

The workshop will provide an opportunity to present and discuss all the current projects and initiatives for astromaterials sample tracking and data management. The workshop is opened to all members of the scientific community. It will bring together researchers, scientists and software engineers working on systems to track samples between curation and sample scientists, and the management, visualization and archiving of datasets resulting from the analysis of planetary materials. Those include both mission-returned samples and astromaterials (meteorites, micrometeorites and interplanetary dust particles).The organizers invite contributions spanning all these related topics, including data management for past (e.g., Apollo), current (e.g., Hayabusa2, OSIRIS-REx, ANGSA and Chang'e 5) and future (e.g., Mars Sample Return, MMX) sample-return missions. Contributions on the standards and requirements for data publication and open-access archiving are also encouraged. In particular, we plan keynote presentations and special breakout sessions on new and current projects for sample tracking and data visualization. In addition to sample-return missions and projects associated with NASA curated samples, we will also encourage participation of meteorite curations at major organizations/institutions/museums.

The two-day workshop will be hosted both in-person at the University of Arizona in the Michael J. Drake Building in Tucson and online to facilitate broad participation from the international sample-science community. The workshop will be limited to a maximum of 200 participants (50 in-person and 150 online) to ensure the safety of in-person participants and encourage discussions. Meeting information and virtual connection details will be sent to registered participants in advance of the meeting.

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