Objective 1: To evaluate the performance of astronauts conducting geologic fieldwork.
(Analog astronaut Conducting Geological fieldwork during a night EVA during the lunar first mission at the M.A.R.S. Laboratory. Credit: Mariusz Słonina)
The harsh conditions under which the astronauts will have to work will make the use of special suits, tools and specific protocols imperative. We propose to evaluate how these conditions may affect the astronaut’s performance during the geological fieldwork and how they can be implemented for future surface missions. This may include traverse planning, communications, sample collection, curation and in-situ geochemical analysis.
Objective 2: Applications of technologies to support human activities on a planetary surface.
(Analog astronauts doing a night EVA with the Rover during the first lunar mission at the M.A.R.S. Laboratory. Credit: Mariusz Słonina)
During future surface exploration missions, it is highly likely that astronauts will be assisted by robotic technologies (i.e. rovers) to perform their experiments. We propose to test some of these technologies, such as cameras on-board rovers, mobility systems etc, in order to understand how their implementation can lead to a better robotic-human interaction.
Objective 3: Controlled investigations and experiments in psychology and human factors.
(Analog astronauts during the first lunar mission at the M.A.R.S. Laboratory. Credit: Mariusz Słonina)
We propose to study how isolation and a high degree of anxiety and stress may affect the crew during the mission. Also, the interactions among the astronauts may be observed for a better understanding of the psychological issues they face.
Objective 4: Studies of plant growth on Martian soil simulants.
(Microgravity Experiment during the first lunar mission at the M.A.R.S. Laboratory. Credit: Mariusz Słonina)
Through the development of Martian soil simulants, it may be possible to address the optimal characteristics and seeds for vegetable growth under the Martian environment.