This call for projects aims to enable space-related projects and experiments to be integrated into the space analog mission Asclepios III. In particular, the call targets any research groups, companies, students, and start-ups that do research in the fields of space medicine. Key research areas include identification and evaluation of medical risks in the lunar environment, space nutrition, life support systems, sleep quality, human behavior in isolation, space physiology, microbiology and everything related to the physical and mental health of the astronauts.
This call is also applicable to projects that explore the fields of environmental sciences and sustainability of lunar operations, engineering and astrophysics.
The analog mission Asclepios III, launching in summer 2023, will be a lunar base simulation. The astronauts are students that will go through extensive training to master the successful execution of the selected projects and experiments. Upon successful completion of the trainings, six astronauts will be ready to spend two weeks isolated inside a simulated lunar base, in Switzerland, and they will take part in extravehicular activities (EVAs). The exact location of the mission will be announced no later than November 2022.