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Research and Technology studies team member inside MMSEV during mission simulation. A field test led by NASA to assess surface operation concepts, including rovers, spacewalk timelines, and ground support.

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RATS Fact Sheet

Research and Technology Studies (RATS) Fact Sheet

Get the facts on the elements, technologies and crew roles and responsibilities for the 2012 RATS analog mission.

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Analog Mission Vodcasts

NASA EDGE Live at Desert RATS 2010

Vodcasts shot on location during analog missions, by the NASA EDGE and NASA 360 teams.

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Past RATS Missions

The Space Exploration Vehicle is tested as part of Mission Day 2 operations during the 2010 Desert RATS field tests at Black Point Lava Flow, Arizona. Photo credit: NASA

Read about the previous Desert RATS analog field tests in the desert environments of Black Point Lava Flow and Cinder Lake, Arizona.

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Latest Research and Technology Studies (RATS) Features

View of a simulated mission to a near-Earth asteroid, from within the Multi-Mission Space Exploration Vehicle (MMSEV) cabin. Photo credit: NASA


NASA's Research and Technology Studies (RATS) team kicks off a 10-day analog mission simulation at the Johnson Space Center.

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RATS 2012: Asteroid Simulation Mission

NASA’s Research and Technology Studies team created a simulated near-Earth asteroid exploration mission in the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility.

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Crewmates José Hurtado and Alvin Drew conduct an MMSEV flying simulation.

Analogs Blog: Test-Driving a Spaceship

Dr. José Hurtado explains the simulated asteroid mission activities that the RATS team is conducting during the 2012 Phase 1 testing at Johnson Space ...

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2012 Research and Technology Studies Resume at JSC

The Research and Technology Studies team (RATS) conducts habitability testing and asteroid mission simulations in JSC's Building 9.

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About the RATS Team

    The Research and Technology Studies (RATS) team evaluates technology, human-robotic systems and extravehicular equipment for future human exploration missions in space. The team runs simulated missions, also known as analogs, at NASA's Johnson Space Center to provide a knowledge base that helps scientists and engineers design, build and operate better equipment, and establish requirements for operations and procedures.

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