SSHADE Databases

Planetary Sciences and Astrobiology, Laboratory of Mineralogy, Petrology and Economic Geology - National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), School of Mining and Metallurgical Engineering, Department of Geological Sciences, Athens, Greece

  • Scientific Manager: Elias Chatzitheodoridis
  • Database Manager: Elias Chatzitheodoridis
  • Data Providers: Eleftherios Profitis, Nikolas Tsakonas, Hector Stavrakakis

Future content of our database:

Materials: A large number of minerals (meteorites and terrestrial)

  • A set of important Martian Meteorites rich either in secondary minerals or high-pressure mineral phases (Nakhla, Lafayette, Governador Valadares, Tissint, Yamato 000593, Zagami, NWA998, NWA10163, NWA10645) .
  • Other meteorites, such as lunar meteorites, many chondrites (including carbonaceous), eucrites, diogenites. Additionally, access to a large variety of common and rare meteorites through the Meteorite Aerolith Museum of Athens, Greece, a private museum led by Takis Theodossiou (see
  • A large set of pure minerals and mineral phases, covering all the elements of the periodic table.
  • A large set of thin sections of rocks, covering a variety of areas worldwide
  • A rich set of hand specimens of minerals (Krantz collection)
  • Other technological or artificial materials (i.e., metallurgical slags with extreme mineral phases)

Materials are measured in the lab. Effort is made to setup tools for field measurements.


  • Raman spectra of minerals and other materials: spectra for lasers (a) 633 nm, (b) 532 nm, and © 785 nm. (point analyses)
  • FTIR spectra of most of the above materials (bulk analyses; absorption and reflectance; wherever possible, depending on the volume and format of the sample)
  • Reflectance and transmission spectroscopy: wavelength range 200-1100 nm

Metadata (where possible):

  • XRD structural analyses
  • Chemical analyses with SEM/EDS
  • LIBS spectra


  • Planetary (Mars, Earth, meteorites)
  • Technological
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  • Last modified: 2019/03/14 20:02
  • by Bernard Schmitt