We are excited to announce our new partnership with the Analog Astronaut Conference! We'll be helping to plan the 2024 event, and we are also excited to share the 2023 event today. Being located at Biosphere 2 means the setting is spectacular, but space is extremely limited. Luckily there is still room to register now! The event is only weeks away, May 4 through 7.
The conference focuses on how research into analog space missions can be applied to problems here on Earth, including the UN Sustainable Development Goals. There are also many potential benefits for educators and students.
An analog space mission is a field test conducted in a location that simulates the extreme environments of space, such as Mars or the Moon. (The environment is analogous to space.) These missions are designed to prepare for future space exploration by testing new technologies, equipment, and behavioral effects. Analog missions help scientists and engineers to identify the strengths, limitations, and possible hazards of space travel, and to develop strategies to minimize their impact on astronauts' health and wellbeing. Overall, analog missions play a significant role in problem-solving for spaceflight research and advancing human exploration of the cosmos.
Participating in analog missions can offer many potential benefits for students and teachers. These missions provide a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience with space-related research and technology, and to develop skills in problem-solving, teamwork, and communication. Analog missions can also inspire students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), and to contribute to the advancement of space exploration. Additionally, participating in analog missions can help educators to develop innovative teaching strategies and curriculum, and to engage students in STEM learning in an exciting and meaningful way. (And, with an understanding of analog missions, educators can create analog experiences for their students... right on campus at their own schools - or in local wilderness areas.) Overall, analog missions can help to promote scientific literacy and inspire the next generation of space explorers and researchers, which is very much in alignment with our mission at ARES Learning.
Learn more about the ARES Learning approach in the book Space Education: Preparing Students for Humanity's Multi-Planet Future by our co-founder Dr. Mark Wagner, and explore a complete Space Education Curriculum developed for high schools - it's a free and open education resource available to students, teachers, and enthusiasts everywhere.