Europlanet Funding Scheme 2017: Successful Projects
April 28, 2017

Europlanet Funding Scheme 2017: Successful Projects

Europlanet 2020 RI is delighted to announce the successful projects for its Public Engagement Funding Scheme 2017:

Planets in Your Hands
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens / Department of Physics
Award: 7,000 Euros

Rendering of example of lunar surface for ‘Planets in your Hands’. Credit: National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

‘Planets in Your Hands’ is a project to construct models of planetary surfaces in square frames, giving a visual and tangible representation of a wide range of environments in our Solar System. These models will form a portable exhibition that will travel to schools, universities and private institutes and organisations. Visitors will have the chance to see, touch and have a sense of each surface, where the basic planetary characteristics will be given. For example, large temperature difference on Mercury, high temperature on Venus, the red colour of Mars, the gaseous and windy giant planets will be modelled, by utilising special materials for surface structure, warm and cool air (fans), gaseous and cold surface (dry ice), and special LED illumination effects. The project will be complemented with a specially developed website, including information about the Solar System and the exhibited planets.

The project will target people who are interested in virtual tours on our Solar System and it will be carefully designed for children and visually impaired audiences, in order to “feel” the planetary surfaces and have the impression of the wide variety of surface, landscape characteristics, size and scale, as well as environmental properties.

OpenPlanetaryMap – Places on Mars
SpaceFrog Design
Award: 10,000 Euros

Sharing between platforms with OpenPlanetaryMap (“Place on Mars”) . Credit: SpaceFrog Design

OpenPlanetaryMap is a mapping and social platform for space enthusiasts and students, planetary researchers and mappers, educators and story tellers. This collaborative project will create and share location-based knowledge and maps of others planets in our Solar System. A web map interface will make it easy and enjoyable for novice people to discover, search, share, discuss and add their own Places on Mars. As the underlying data sets of the interactive map will be curated and used by planetary researchers, the project will also create a direct link with and between planetary researchers. Along with the basemaps, these scientifically accurate data sets will easily be accessible and reusable by others to develop new applications or interactive maps for specific scientific or outreach purposes.