Sample-return mission to Mars

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This is a sample return mission to planet Mars,
seen purely and truly through the eyes of an (educated) 7 year old child (Johannes-Theodor).

We welcome such stories from all children!

1. Rocket ignition      -        2. Flight


3. Flight through the asteroid belt     -      4. Fuel tank release


5. Flight next to a planet            -             6. Landing on Mars

7. Rover vehicle exits from the rocket


8. Robotic vehicle explores Mars      -          9. Robotic arm collects samples


10. Robotic vehicle returns from sample collection mission         -           11. Robotic vehicle supplies the rocket with the collected samples


12. Rocket ignition               -                 13. Rocket leaves planet Mars


14. Rocket aproaches planet Earth              -                     15. Rocket is dropped in the sea water


16. Floating device expands             -                 17. Rocket is driven to land


18. Rocket is transported                     -                    19. Special track collects the rocket


20. Track transports the rocket           -               21. Rocket is collected by a crane


22. Crane rotates with the rocket towards the labs           -            23. Crane delivers the rocket into the scientist's lab (father)! 


24. Scientist (father) is handling the samples with different tools     -     25. Scientist (father) looks at the samples through his microscope 

26. Scientist (father) produces results. End of the mission!






CSO Approval date: 14/11/2013
Starting date: 15/05/2014
Ending date: 14/05/2018

Action Chair:
Dr. Muriel GARGAUD (FR)

Vice chair:
Prof. Wolf GEPPERT (SE)

STSM Manager:
Prof. Nigel MASON (UK)

Web Manager:



Grant Holder Financial Representative:

Mrs Annick Caperan

Science Officer:
Dr. Mafalda QUINTAS

Administrative Officer:
Ms Ange Marie Ina Uwase



A Trans-Domain Action supported by COST.

COST is supported by the EU Framework Programme Horizon 2020



Involved countries

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Participating Countries
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom

COST International Partner Countries
Canada (UQAM), South Africa (Univ. of Johanesburgh), Russian Federation (Institute of Geology, Petrozavodsk), Australia (University of Sydney), United States of America (University of Hawai)

Specific Organisations
European Space Agency (ESA)

Short Term Scientific Missions (STSMs)

Aiming at fostering collaboration, sharing new techniques, and infrastructure that may not be available in other participants' institutions or laboratories. STSMs are intended especially for young PhD researchers, but they are open to senior researchers as well. View the documents at this link.

 It should be explicitely noted that Master students are not eligible for STSMs which are for PhD students and more experienced researchers.

The life-Origins COST Project

Life-ORIGINS (TD1308) is a Trans Domain European COST Action dedicated to the scientific investigation of the origins and evolution of life on Earth and habitability of other planets.

The Action has specifically excluded the search for intelligent extraterrestrial life in its portfolio. Creationist theorems are also outside the Action’s remit.

Individuals are not allowed to use the name of the Action, its logo or any corporate identity of COST TD1308 in any communication without prior approval of the Management Committee.

All publications referencing the support of the Action should be sent to the appropriate Working Group chair at the time of submission.