May 25 – 26, 2023
Agenzia Spaziale Italiana
Europe/Rome timezone


Second Workshop Agenda



First Day (25 Oct 2022)


13.30-14.15 Registration

14.15-14.30 Welcome

14.30-15.00 Elliot Sefton-Nash, ESA,
                     “Mars Sample Return Campaign Overview"

15.00-15.10 Raffaele Mugnuolo, ASI,  

                     “Italian contribution to MSR"

15.10-15.20 Andrea Allasio, TAS-I, 

                     “Looking to MSR and to future opportunities"

15.20-15.30 Alessandro Fumagalli, Leonardo, 

                     “Leonardo heritage and contribution to MSR endeavor"


15.30-16.00 Coffee Break


16.00-16.30 Teresa Fornaro, INAF (MARS2020 Participating Scientist), 

                     “The INAF Contribution to Mars 2020 Science: Inspecting the Astrobiological Relevance of Samples Collected at Jezero"

16.30-17.00 Justin Simon, NASA-JSC (Mars 2020 Returned Sample Scientist - remote connection), 

                     "Samples collected for Three Forks crater floor sample depot with the Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover"

17.00-17.30 David Beaty, NASA - remote connection

                      "Strategic planning for achieving the scientific objectives of the MSR Campaign"

17.30-18.00 Brandi Carrier, NASA - remote connection 

                     "Science and Curation Considerations for a Mars Sample Return Sample Receiving Facility"

18.00 End of the First Day

Second Day (26 Oct 2022)


Invited speakers:

09:00-09:20  Daniela Billi, Uniroma2 Tor Vergata - Materiali biologici

                     "Astrobiology experiments and the search for life on Mars"

09:20-09:40  Marco Ferrari, INAF/IAPS, Analoghi

                     "In-situ measurement and sampling of alteration and biosignature-hosting     products as martian analogs (the Rio Tinto field Campaign case)"

09:40-10:00  Luigi Folco,  Università di Pisa, Analisi dei minerali

                    "Planetary materials research @UniPi"                   

10:00-10:20  Nicoletta La Rocca, Università di Padova, Materiali biologici

                    "Cyanobacteria living in dim far red light as tools for searching life traces on Mars samples" 


10.20-10.40 Coffee Break


10:40-11:00  Giovanni Pratesi, Università di Firenze, Analisi dei minerali

                      "Mars what else?" 

11:00-11:20  Carlo Del Vecchio Blanco, Kayser Italia, Industria 

                      “The contribution of Kayser Italia to MSR-ERO: Thruster Pointing and Pressure Regulation Electronics (TPPRE)"  

11:20-11:40  Diana Beatriz Margheritis, TAS-I, Industria

                    “ExoMars RSP mission - Planetary Protection implementation of the Rover module subsystems parts  to be in contact with the Mars sample"

11.40-12.00  Barbara Cavalazzi, UniBo,  

                    "Biosignatures in rocks"

12:00-13:00  Discussion


13.00-14.00 Lunch (on site)

14:00-15:00  Discussion

15.30  End of the WS