Workshop on Terrestrial Analogs for Planetary Exploration

June 16–18, 2021

Purpose and Scope

The USGS Astrogeology Science Center is hosting a virtual Workshop on Terrestrial Analogs for Planetary Exploration from June 16–18, 2021. The workshop will bring together community members to discuss a wide range of scientific investigations of planetary analog terrains and processes, exploration strategies, and orbit-to-ground comparisons. Abstracts are solicited for topics including various planetary processes (volcanic, impact, aeolian, subaqueous, mass-wasting, glacial, tectonic, and others) as well as geophysical, geochemical, and astrobiological investigations. Discussions of field methods, sampling techniques, exploration strategies, technology applications, and ground-truthing are also solicited, as are topics related to data standardization and dissemination. In addition, the workshop aims to address analog work that will benefit human and robotic exploration of other planetary surfaces.

This workshop is planned in coordination with the Annual Meeting of Planetary Geologic Mappers (June 14–15). A joint breakout session for both meetings is planned for June 18 to address overlapping topics. Attendees are encouraged to participate in both meetings.

Note: All electronic submission forms are part of the Meeting Portal, which requires users to set up a personal profile to access our electronic forms (setting up a profile is quick and easy, requiring only a few minutes of your time).