The first NEWTON workshop took place in Madrid, at INTA facilities, on the 22-24 October 2018. Different sessions were organized with the aim of discussing about the latest state-of-art regarding in-situ instrumentation for planetary surface characterization, with particular focus on magnetometric devices and their application to planetary exploration. In addition to this, the workshop served as a showcase to disseminate the activities developed within the NEWTON project and the latest advances regarding the design and validation of NEWTON instrumentation, as well as main outcomes gained from the first field campaigns performed with NEWTON multi-sensor instrument.
NEWTON workshop program consists on different sessions related mainly to magnetic instrumentation for in-situ planetary exploration. In addition to this, scientific sessions regarding Mars and the Moon Science were also included in the program. A practical demonstration with the hardware developed within the framework of NEWTON project took place the second day of the workshop. During this practical demonstration, the NEWTON instrument prototype 1 was shown to the participants and real time measurements were performed with different samples in the laboratory. In addition to this, part of the equipment used during the prospection campaigns on the field was also exhibited. Finally, to conclude the program, a panel session was organized to discuss about the exploitation opportunities of magnetometric instrumentation and its application to the future space exploration missions. During this session, the participants could state their impressions regarding the benefits that magnetic instrumentation could bring to the Solar System exploration and the possibilities that this technology has in future space exploration programs.
NEWTON workshop included the participation of 18 people from NEWTON consortium and also from international external organizations such as Space Application Services from Belgium, Complutense University of Madrid from Spain and Czech Technical University from Czech Republic. A certificate of participation was distributed among the event attendees.