UK Centre for Astrobiology

Astrobiology Analogue Research

This theme cuts across a number of other other themes and emphasises the use of 'analogue' environments to study microbiology, biosignatures, habitability and test technology for the robotic and human exploration of space in a variety of extreme environments.

Members of the UKCA work in a wide variety of environments around the world conducting analogue research to advance science and technology development for the exploration of space. Examples are described below:


Mine Analogue Research (MINAR). Our long-running deep subsurface analogue project.


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


Mars Analogues for Space Exploration


Field Exploration and Life Detection Sampling through Planetary Analogue Research