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Commission on Planetary Rock Mechanics


Serkan Saydam



Ömer Aydan (Japan)
Antonio Bobet (USA)
Robert Anderson (USA)
Daniel Britt (USA)
Hyu-Soung Shin (Korea)
Philipp Hartlieb (Austria)
Rudrajit Mitra (Germany)

Resat Ulusay (ex officio), ISRM President
Sevda Dehkhoda (ex officio), ISRM VP for Australasia

Terms of Reference

Purpose of the Commission

The exploration and utilisation of space pose many challenges including technical, economic, legal and ethical issues. These challenges will require an interdisciplinary approach involving engaged researchers in each of these fields to understand how space can best be used for the benefit of both current and future generations of the Earth. 

Determining the structure and geomechanics of planetary bodies (e.g. the Moon, Mars and asteroids) is crucial for understanding the history of rocky bodies and for planning exploration, mining, colonisation, exploitation, and (for small planetary bodies, i.e. asteroids and comets) deflection. By considering these, the purposes of the Commission are as follows:

  • to create a recognised expert panel to provide advises
  • to highlight and describe the present up to date knowledge in the field for the members of ISRM
  • to establish closer relationship between ISRM members and space exploration researchers and agencies who are interested and involved in the area of the planetary rock mechanics
  • to help generating knowledge
  • stimulate research interests and to attract young generations
  • to enhance international collaborations
  • to publish text book(s), educational materials and collaborative publications
  • to discuss and develop testing techniques and investigate transferring the existing terrestrial rock mechanics knowledge to the planetary rock mechanics research
  • organise workshops in ISRM events
  • solicit and invite researchers to develop new methods, procedures or equipment for testing techniques, measurements for planetary rock mechanics laboratory studies

Product of the Commission

  • Special issue in a selected journal
  • Organization of a workshop in ISRM 2023 ISRM Congress
  • Organization of a session in Eurock 2022, ISRM 2023
  • Development of guidelines for testing/characterisation methods for planetary rocks