HAWAII ANALOGS for LUNAR OPERATIONS (HALO)
PROVEN LUNAR ANALOG SITES
Hawaii’s volcanic landscapes have served as test and training environments for space missions to the lunar surface and beyond for more than 50 years. For example, the Apollo program used Hawaii lunar analog sites to help prepare astronauts for 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 to build a settlement—realistic lunar analog sites are more important than ever.
HIGH-FIDELITY LUNAR ANALOG ENVIRONMENTS
Hawaii’s volcanic landscapes are very similar to both the moon and Mars. Extensive research at PISCES has found the structural and chemical properties of Hawaiian basalts to be comparable to lunar and Martian dirt. The simplified graph below illustrates how the mineral composition of Hawaii basalt compares with lunar rock.
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