A long-term space exploration program upsurges the risk factor in consensus to NASA Human Exploration. To mitigate these unforeseen risks, AAKA has come up with India’s First Earth-based Lunar Analog Expedition i.e, a simulation of the moon-like environment on the Earth!
Moon is our next Halt!
Earth’s only natural satellite which was last trudged upon in 1972, would become our first gateway to outer space in the upcoming years. Being an extraterrestrial body in the closest proximity to the Earth, Moon, which would be a home to all the required resources in the upcoming years, would even serve as a fuel refilling station and a rehabilitation stop. With the existing technology, the journey to Mars is incomplete with a halt on the Moon. Moon would not only expand our horizons for deep space missions but also give a purpose to the youth for what's beyond the present. Setting up an actual locale on the Moon is still a long way, not an impossible one for sure!
WHY LUNAR ANALOG EXPEDITION?
Lunar analog expeditions are essential because they allow scientists and astronauts to prepare for the unique challenges of lunar exploration without leaving Earth. These missions help test and refine equipment, procedures, and technologies necessary for safe and productive lunar missions. They also provide valuable opportunities to study the geological and environmental aspects of the Moon, advancing our understanding of lunar science and enabling more successful and efficient lunar exploration endeavors in the future
ABOUT LASEP AT AAKA - Lunar Analog Expedition is India's first analogue space exploration program with the aim to simulate moon missions. AAKA Space Studio is offering a once-in - a lifetime opportunity for curious space enthusiasts to take part in a simulated space mission at their very own space research and training station. The first mission of the LAE was held in January 2023, in white desert. The crew consisted of members of AAKA Space Studio, who tested the space habitat, NDAH- KALPANA1, in extreme environment before opening it to Scientists, researchers and students. The LAE's first mission was a success, providing valuable insights into lunar environment and confirming that government organizations and space industry are capable of leading complex space missions. On this expedition the participants will gain insight into subjects like space architecture, extraterrestrial 3D printing, ancient civilization, virtual reality for space, isolation challenges, technological and engineering challenges, stargazing, hydroponics as well as get to experience extravehicular activities that mimic those of real- life astronauts. Also, they are able to take advantage of the numerous facilities provided inside space habitat.
WHY SPACE TOURISM AT LAE?
Experiencing space tourism at a lunar analog expedition offers a taste of the excitement and challenges of space travel while remaining on Earth. Participants can engage in simulated lunar activities, such as donning spacesuits, navigating lunar-like terrains, and conducting experiments, providing a hands-on experience of what astronauts might encounter on the Moon. This immersive encounter not only fosters a sense of adventure but also promotes public engagement and awareness about space exploration, potentially inspiring future generations of space enthusiasts and astronauts
EXPERIENCE THE BUBBLE NIGHT STAY
AND GAZE THE STARS AT LASEP INSPIRED BY SPACE TOURISM FOR 2023-24 FIELD SEASON
EXPEDITION (24TH DEC'22 - 8TH JAN'23) - INDIA'S FRIST ALL WOMEN CREW
CREW - 5 | TOTAL EVA HOURS - 75
EXPEDITION (19tTH MAY - 22ND MAY )
CREW - 9 | TOTAL EVA HOURS - 45
The expedition was filled with a wide range of exciting activities that spanned across various disciplines. Participants engaged in activities such as 3D printing, soil sampling collection, hydroponics, stargazing, and focused on space tourism design. The expedition also aimed to support both the ISRO and the Canadian Space Agency. In addition, participants participated in EVA activities, augmented reality experiences, and even built craters. These activities allowed participants to gain a deeper understanding of the challenges and opportunities associated with space exploration. Overall, the expedition was a unique and enriching experience that provided participants with an opportunity to learn, explore and collaborate with like-minded individuals