The APUS Analog Research Group (AARG) was developed in October 2020 by APUS students as a program to develop a planning and research staff for space analog missions. It is a subsidiary program to the APUS student chapter of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). The mission of AARG is to maintain a student-managed organization that allows for the collective learning of space expedition research and operations.

AARG is currently involved with the Hawai'i Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS) and is building a collaboration with the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) and the University of North Dakota's Human Spaceflight Laboratory. 



Are you an APUS student who wants to get involved in analog research, operations, or become an analog astronaut? To get involved follow the steps below: 

1) Join the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) as a student member.

2) Fill out the APUS student organization membership application for AIAA and upload your AIAA membership receipt. You will be added to our Slack group.

3) Once on Slack, join the #apus_analog_research_group channel. Post in this channel about what interested you about joining AARG. 



The APUS Analog Research Group is now accepting applications from APUS students to conduct a mission at the Mars Society’s Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) near Hanksville, Utah. The MDRS consists of a crew habitat, maintenance bay, greenhouse, bio lab, and two observatories. It is one of the premiere Mars analog bases in the world.

During this mission, APUS students will be isolated with the other crew members living analogous to how the first habitat on Mars may live. Students will conduct impactful research that will further the knowledge of crewed spaceflight operations, and will have the opportunity to earn college credit during the process.

If you are an APUS student and are interested in applying, click here to download the application form and join AARG in the slack channel for further updates and collaboration. Additionally, you can email with any questions you may have.

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Thanks for your interest in AARG. For more information, feel free to get in touch and we will get back to you soon!

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