Analog Research Activities

Analog Research Activities
("Research conducted in a terrestrial environment
that in one or more respects is analogous
to the environment we find on the Moon")
Updated August 16, 2010

2006 MDRS Exercise || Sweden Moon-Mine Project || Ongoing Analog Project Planning || Other Efforts


In the two week period February 26th to March 11th, 2006, the Moon Society conducted a moonbase simulation exercise at the Mars Society's Mars Desert Research Station in Hanksville, Utah, as MDRS Crew 45 (daily reports, including photos)

This involved a $7,000 rental fee for the facility, of which The Moon Society, The Lunar Reclamation Society, and the National Space Society each contributed an initial $1,400. Other donors contributed another $1,500, and the Moon Society made up the difference. Cost of equipment, materials, and food was covered by a private donor.

Visit our "Artemis Moonbase Sim 1" website for information on the Crew, our Research Goals and Projects, and more.

The purpose of this effort was to help determine what design features of the MDRS facility we would want to duplicate, and which we would want to do differently, and which aspects of the Mars Society's analog Research Program we would want to adopt, and which aspects we would need to do differently.


Read our Report on lessons learned -
"What a Lunar Analog Research Should try to Demonstrate"

Our efforts caught the attention of Space.com


Meanwhile, in Sweden, society member and Advisor Niklas Jarvstrat is making major progress in transforming an abandoned mine site in central Sweden into an Analog Moonbase Complex. The Society strongly supports this ambitious and comprehensive effort. No one analog operation can test everything. A multiplicity of efforts has the benefits of touching more bases, and providing more information.

Check out Moon-Mine.com


Draft Plans - Maps - Photos - Sponsors/Friends - Contact - Press - News


We have been working on a design for a "modular" analog research station that would start small and grow in modular fashion, just as would a real outpost on the Moon.

Analog Moonbase Proposal 12/09/2006 - updated 01/17/2007

[ Download PowerPoint ] [ Download PDF file ]
Analog Station Project Status - updated January 19, 2009

Join our Lunar Analog Project Research Team

Our Discussion Site on the Moon Society Forum


The Question of Location

Candidate Analog Sites for a Research Station (blog post)

For more information and questions, contact Moon Society President Peter Kokh


Other Efforts - http://www.moonbaseanalogs.net

Oregon L5 Moonbase and other past and current lunar analog efforts by other organizations.