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2011 Annual Science Report

University of Hawaii, Manoa Reporting  |  SEP 2010 – AUG 2011

Analogue Environment Deployments on the Big Island

Project Summary

We are using the saddle region on the Big Island of Hawaii, in collaboration with NASA teams and the Canadian Space Agency in order to test technology related to sustainable living on the moon. My group will evaluate the utility of 3-D visualization in robotic navigation, in particular for the ex-ploration of lava tubes.

4 Institutions
3 Teams
3 Publications
1 Field Site
Field Sites

Project Progress

We have been planning the 2012 analog deployment (PROVES) on the slopes of Mauna Kea, in collaboration with NASA teams and the Canadian Space Agency. The focus of this deployment will be on testing technology related to in-situ resource utilization on the Moon, such as the manned and partially autonomous rovers developed at the Canadian Space Agency, and the RESOLVE project at NASA. My group will evaluate the utility of 3-D visualization in traverse planning, robotic navigation, and the exploration of lava tubes (ARTSE, or Augmented Reality Technology for Space Exploration).

We also continued planning for future deployments: in particular, a four-month exploration simulation scheduled for early 2013, called HI-SEAS (Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation). Although the focus of the deployment will be human factors research, the participants will carry out astrobiologically-relevant field research (e.g. geobiology in lava caves) as part of a high-fidelity mission simulation.

We were able to leverage work on this project to gain further funding; in particular, a $948k 3-year grant from the NASA Human Research Program (approximately 1/3 of which will be managed at University of Hawaii), which supports the HI-SEAS project.

Habitat Site

Potential site for HI-SEAS habitat on Mauna Loa side of Saddle Road on the Big Island of Hawai’i.

Vista Near Habitat Site

Area around potential HI-SEAS habitat site. Note the low vegetation and isolation.

Apollo Valley

Apollo Valley on the slopes of Mauna Kea, a Potential site for the 2012 NASA PROVES field deploy-ment.

Site Evaluation

ARTSE being evaluated by CSA astronaut Chris Hadfield and geologist Caroline Morriset in the PROVES deployment on the slopes of Mauna Kea.

    Kimberly Binsted Kimberly Binsted
    Project Investigator
    Christian Anderson

    Dean Eppler

    Bruce Halpern

    John Hamilton

    Jean Hunter

    Bill Larson

    Martin Picard

    Jerry Sanders

    Marc Siebert

    Objective 1.1
    Formation and evolution of habitable planets.

    Objective 2.1
    Mars exploration.

    Objective 4.1
    Earth's early biosphere.

    Objective 4.3
    Effects of extraterrestrial events upon the biosphere

    Objective 6.1
    Effects of environmental changes on microbial ecosystems

    Objective 6.2
    Adaptation and evolution of life beyond Earth

    Objective 7.1
    Biosignatures to be sought in Solar System materials