Analogue Astronauts missions are all about visualisation. The main focus on conventional analogue missions is to investigate how a crew of up to 6 astronauts fares on a mission of 1 week to 6 months. This includes scientific research in various disciplines but also aspects of mental health and crew sociology. (source: EuroMoonMars). The CHILL-ICE (Construction of a Habitat Inside a Lunar-Analogue Lava-tube) is a new kind of analogue astronaut mission. It focuses on the important first hours after landing where potential emergencies and risks will be the highest for the astronauts. The mission is to build and deploy a safe and working habitat inside a lava tube in just over 8 hours.

In this podcast I go into conversation with two analogue astronauts: Sabrina Kerber and Charlotte Pouwels. What is the function of imagination while being on analogue mission? What is the role of imagination when it comes to space architecture?

Sabrina Kerber is an engineer, space architect and analogue astronaut from Austria. Sabrina has collected valuable experience in the space sector by working in the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and with the International Lunar Exploration Working Group’s EuroMoonMars (EMM) Team. In 2019, Sabrina was part of a lunar simulation at the renowned HI-SEAS habitat, where she acted as crew engineer. As founder and CEO of Explaneta Space Solutions, Sabrina is working on leve