Moon & Mars Missions: Analogues & Research

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The Science Partner Journal Space: Science & Technology is now considering submissions for the special issue, Moon & Mars Missions: Analogues & Research.


This special issue addresses Moon & Mars research through data analysis, development of instruments and enabling technologies, and space probes (orbiters, landers, rovers, and human habitats). It covers geosciences, astrobiology, life sciences, astrophysics, and humanities, as well as resource utilization and outposts. It also includes the preparation for experiments, astronauts, habitats, settlements, and field work in extreme terrestrial Moon & Mars analogues. 

    Quality Control

    This special issue is dedicated to a set of best papers in the related field.

    Full papers will be subject to a strict single-blinded peer review procedure for final selections to the Special Issue based on the following criteria:

    • Quality and originality in theory and methodology;
    • Relevance to the research area;
    • Extended papers must contain at least 40% new material (qualitative) relative to the conference paper;
    • The Special Issue Guest Editors will handle the review process, inviting various global reviewers for papers deemed worthy of a full review.

      Guest Editor

      Prof. Bernard H. Foing

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      • Executive director of ILEWG International Lunar Exploration Working Group
      • Manager of EuroMoonMars & Space Innovation programme 
      • Guest professor at VU Amsterdam/Leiden Observatory/EPFL Lausanne/ISU
      • President of Space Renaissance International
      • Vice-chair of COSPAR Commission B (Moon, planets and small bodies) and PEX Exploration panel
      • Chair of IAF ITACCUS committee on Socio-Cultural Utilisation of Space
      • Member of IAF committees (astronomy, space habitats, exploration, traffic management)
      • Full member of IAA Astronautics Academy since 2010 
      • Former President of ESTEC staff committee (2012-2017)
      • Former Chief scientist ESA ESTEC (2002-2018
      • He worked at ESA Space Science Department at ESTEC (1989-2020) as visiting scientist, staff scientist, study scientist (SIMURIS, MORO lunar orbiter, EuroMoon lander), research unit coordinator, project scientist of SMART-1 (first European mission to the Moon, launched in 2003), head of Research Division, and Chief scientist.
      • He has been active at ILEWG (International Lunar Exploration Working Group) as president (1998-2000), and initiator of ILEWG MoonVillage initiative since 2000. 
      • He has been Co-Investigator of space projects such as SOHO, XMM, BIOPAN, SMART-1, Mars Express, COROT, ISS/Expose. 

      He has published over 870 articles, including 227 refereed papers, in lunar and planetary exploration, solar/stellar physics, complex organics in space, astrobiology, instrumentation. He edited 16 books and organized over 75 international conferences and symposia. His most cited papers include the discovery of fullerene C60+ and diffuse bands in space, CoRoT-7b: the first super-Earth with measured radius, Tropical glaciation on Mars, multisite continuous spectroscopy of stars.

      Born in France, he was admitted at Ecole Normale Supérieure of Education & Technology (Paris-Saclay), and became Professor Agrégé of Physical sciences. He obtained a PhD on Astrophysics and Space Techniques using a sounding rocket ultraviolet camera experiment at CNRS, with research stays in the US (Lockheed, SacPeak, Boulder, Harvard). He worked three years in Chile as astronomer for ESO European Southern Observatory, the French embassy, and as Professor of Astrophysics. Permanent researcher at CNRS Institut d'Astrophysique Spatiale, he obtained the Habilitation for direction of research in 1990.

        Submission Deadline

        October 15, 2021 (please contact the editorial office if you cannot meet the deadline)

          Submission Instructions

          Please select "Special Issue: Moon & Mars Missions: Analogues & Research" as the section/category during the submission process. Please also indicate in your cover letter that your submission is intended for inclusion in the special issue.