HAWAII ANALOGS for LUNAR OPERATIONS (HALO)
PROVEN TESTING GROUNDS
Hawaiʻi’s volcanic landscapes have served as test and training environments for space missions to the lunar surface and beyond for more than 50 years. NASA’s Apollo program used lunar analog sites on Hawaiʻi island to help prepare astronauts for the environment they would encounter on the surface of the Moon.
In recent years, these sites have supported tests for planetary rovers and spacecraft instruments from around the world. With the introduction of NASA’s Artemis program—which aims to return humans to the Moon for good in the coming decade—high-fidelity lunar analog sites are increasingly important for pre-flight tests and training.
HIGH-FIDELITY ANALOG ENVIRONMENTS
Hawaiʻi’s volcanic landscapes are very similar in chemical composition to both the Moon and Mars. Our research shows the structural and chemical properties of Hawaiian basalts to be comparable to lunar and Martian regolith. The graph below illustrates the mineral similarities between Hawaiian basalts and lunar regolith.
SERVICES WE PROVIDE
- Guidance for site selection
- Permitting for lunar analog site use
- Logistical support
- Use of an open-platform, ODG planetary rover with remote operation capabilities