Planetary Analog Test Sites
Realistic Lunar & Martian Analog Environments
These sites have a history of supporting space exploration missions. During the Apollo program, Hawaiʻi’s other-worldly terrain helped prepare astronauts for the lunar surface. In recent years, these sites have supported tests for planetary rovers and spacecraft instruments by agencies and organizations around the world.
Graph: Chemical profiles of eight basalt samples taken from different locations on Hawaiʻi Island are compared with a Martian meteorite.
- Guidance for site selection: choosing the best site for your mission objectives
- Site use permitting: granting site access through official state channels
- Logistical support: coordinating and securing on-site services, infrastructure, and transit
We also provide access to an ODG planetary rover with an open-payload design that can be operated remotely from anywhere in the world. For more information, please inquire about this option in your site request.