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EuroMoonMars Etna Campaign 2021: Logistics and Mission Protocol

Leander Schlarmann1,2, Anouk Ehreiser3,2, Kevin McGrath4,2, Gary Brady4,2, Chirayu Mohan4,2, Hannah Reilly4,2, Patrycja Lakomiec5,2, Gaia De Palma6,2, Christoph Hönes7,2, Yke Rusticus7,2, Bernard Foing7,2, and Armin Wedler8
Leander Schlarmann et al.
  • 1University of Vienna, Department of Astrophysics, Vienna, Austria (
  • 2International Lunar Exploration Working group, ILEWG, EuroMoonMars
  • 3Institute of Physics, Universität Heidelberg, Germany
  • 4Technological University Dublin, Ireland
  • 5Department of Physics, University College London, England
  • 6Department of Physics, University of Bari, Italy
  • 7Leiden Observatory & VU Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • 8DLR Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics, Germany

The EuroMoonMars Etna campaign (EMM-Etna) took place on Mt. Etna in Sicily between the 6th and 11th of July 2021. The scouting campaign was organised by ten students of the International Lunar Exploration Working Group (ILEWG) EuroMoonMars program [1-3] in preparation for the DLR ARCHES (Autonomous Robotic Networks to Help Modern Societies) campaign and the ExoMars launch in 2022. During the ARCHES campaign on Mt. Etna in the summer of 2022, a team of robotics engineers will test various moon landing scenarios to show the capabilities of heterogeneous, autonomous, and interconnected robotic systems [4]. For the EMM-Etna campaign, the team simulated the landing of the REMMI Rover [5] on Mt. Etna as a Mars-analogue site, using a 360-degree remote-controlled camera holder to replicate a panoramic camera. Furthermore, samples were collected and analysed using an Ocean Optics UV-Vis-NIR spectrometer, a Field Raman, and a portable microscope. When working with a team of scientists and engineers the planning and organisation of the campaign are vital. Therefore, every crew member had their distinctive role during the mission, starting from being responsible for individual instruments or the outreach during the campaign to roles such as planner and data officer. Additionally, a mission protocol for the operational steps of the landing of the rover in the volcanic environment was implemented to assure smooth operation in the field.




[3]          H. Reilly et al. "Instruments Operations, Science and Innovation in Expedition Support: EuroMoonMars-Etna campaign 2021", European Planetary Science Congress 2021, online, 13–24 Sep 2021, EPSC2021-848,, 2021.

[4]          M. J. Schuster et al. "The ARCHES Space-Analogue Demonstration Mission: Towards Heterogeneous Teams of Autonomous Robots for Collaborative Scientific Sampling in Planetary Exploration", IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters 5.4 (2020): 5315-5322.

[5]          C. Mohan et al. "Rover testing for lunar science and innovation", European Planetary Science Congress 2021, online, 13–24 Sep 2021, EPSC2021-850,, 2021.


How to cite: Schlarmann, L., Ehreiser, A., McGrath, K., Brady, G., Mohan, C., Reilly, H., Lakomiec, P., De Palma, G., Hönes, C., Rusticus, Y., Foing, B., and Wedler, A.: EuroMoonMars Etna Campaign 2021: Logistics and Mission Protocol, EGU General Assembly 2022, Vienna, Austria, 23–27 May 2022, EGU22-6113,, 2022.


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