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Analog Missions

Analog research is the development of equipment, methods and strategies for future human and robotic space exploration, simulating future missions on other planetary bodies, on earth. It tests scientific, engineering, and operational domains as well as human factors in representative simulations to maximize scientific knowledge, to optimize safety of operations and to promote technology transfer. Furthermore, it’s a key element in the preparation of human and robotic interactions beyond Earth’s orbit and anticipates the critical issues of practical nature, while also fostering the interest of the public, nurturing the imagination and fascination of the next generation of explorers.

Analog astronaut photo

Credit: OeWF (Florian Voggeneder)

Analog Mission Photo

Credit: OeWF(Katja Zanella-Kux)

EXPLORE provides a unique opportunity for young researchers and students to be part of an analog mission, including the conduction of experiments and international collaboration. Students learn about STEM subjects through interdisciplinary approaches, combining theoretical knowledge and practical application.

For more information on Analog Missions in general, visit or NASA – Analog Missions.