UK Centre for Astrobiology


Biologic Analogue Science Associated with Lava Terrains (BASALT), a NASA-supported project in which UKCA led the microbiology studies.

BASALT was a four -year NASA-funded and supported project that used lava fields in Idaho and Hawaii as Mars analogues to prepare for the humkna exploration of Mars. The UKCA led the microbiological studies in this project, which involved scientists from across the USA, as well as engineers, operations specialists, astronauts and software designers all trying to understand the best way for humans to explore Mars.

More information on BASALT is available here.