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Definition and use of functional analogues in planetary exploration

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dc.contributor.author Foucher, F.
dc.contributor.author Hickman-Lewis, K.
dc.contributor.author Hutzler, Aurore
dc.contributor.author Joy, Katherine H.
dc.contributor.author Folco, L.
dc.contributor.author Bridges, John C.
dc.contributor.author Wozniakiewicz, P.
dc.contributor.author Martínez-Frías, J.
dc.contributor.author Debaille, V.
dc.contributor.author Zolensky, M. E. (Michael E.)
dc.contributor.author Yano, H.
dc.contributor.author Bost, N.
dc.contributor.author Ferrière, L.
dc.contributor.author Lee, M.
dc.contributor.author Michalski, J.
dc.contributor.author Schroeven-Deceuninck, H.
dc.contributor.author Kminek, G.
dc.contributor.author Viso, M.
dc.contributor.author Russell, Sara S. (Sara Samantha), 1966-
dc.contributor.author Smith, C.
dc.contributor.author Zipfel, J.
dc.contributor.author Westall, F.
dc.date.accessioned 2021-02-08T19:36:19Z
dc.date.available 2021-02-08T19:36:19Z
dc.date.issued 2021-03-01
dc.identifier.citation Foucher, F., K. Hickman-Lewis, A. Hutzler, K. H. Joy, L. Folco, J. C. Bridges, P. Wozniakiewicz, et al. 2021. “Definition and Use of Functional Analogues in Planetary Exploration.” Planetary and Space Science 197 (March): 105162. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pss.2021.105162. en
dc.identifier.other DOI:10.1016/j.pss.2021.105162
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11753/1740
dc.description.abstract The practical limitations inherent to human and robotic planetary exploration necessitate the development of specific protocols and methods. This non-standard approach requires testing and validation phases in order to optimise instrumental setups and improve data interpretation; this can occur prior to, during, or even after a mission. Flight instruments, and/or their spare models, may be evaluated using relevant terrestrial materials and/or locations. These materials are called analogues: “analogue sites” for large-scale locations, and “analogue samples” for smaller-scale materials. Depending on the scientific domain, the word “analogue” may carry different meanings but is invariably used to denote objects having compositions and/or physical properties similar to specific extraterrestrial objects. However, due to the variability in composition and properties of natural materials, there are always – inevitably – some differences between the analogue and the object(s) to which it refers. In analogue studies, it is, thus, important to focus on the specific properties that need to be imitated and to consider analogue properties rather than analogue sites or samples alone. Here, we introduce the concept of “functional analogues”. We first make an overview of the different types of analogues and sort them according to their utility. We then describe how different types of functional analogues can be used throughout the timeline of space missions, from the evaluation of different methods in the definition of a mission to understanding the results acquired by probes exploring extraterrestrial bodies. Finally, logical pathways are outlined that facilitate the selection of the best-suited functional analogue(s) according to their intended use and taking into account practical limitations. en
dc.description.statementofresponsibility F. Foucher, K. Hickman-Lewis, A. Hutzler, K.H. Joy, L. Folco, J.C. Bridges, P. Wozniakiewicz, J. Martínez-Frías, V. Debaille, M. Zolensky, H. Yano, N. Bost, L. Ferrier, M. Lee J. Michalski H. Schroeven-Deceuninck, G. Kminek, M. Viso, S. Russell, C. Smith, J. Zipfel, F. Westall
dc.format.extent 13 pages
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Elsevier en
dc.relation.ispartofseries LPI contribution ; no. 2588
dc.rights This article is available under the Creative Commons CC-BY-NC-ND license and permits non-commercial use of the work as published, without adaptation or alteration provided the work is fully attributed.
dc.subject Planets--Exploration en
dc.subject Planetary science--Instruments--Testing en
dc.title Definition and use of functional analogues in planetary exploration en
dc.type Article en


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