Mine Analogue Research (MINAR) is an underground extra-terrestrial analogue research program. The programme is carried out in a two kilometre underground astrobiology laboratory at Boulby Mines.
The programme focuses on the testing and development of planetary science instrumentation in an active mine with a view to improving links between planetary science and the mining community as well as carrying out planetray science and astrobiology.
A kilometre underground, in the Boulby Mine, scientists will gather for underground campaign of MINAR (Mine Analogue Research) to develop science and technology for the robotic and human exploration of Mars and the Moon. Researchers from institutions across Europe, NASA, The SETI Institute and the Kalam Centre India, as well as European Space Agency astronaut, Matthias Maurer will test drills, life detection equipment and new protocols for deep subsurface exploration. The deep underground is the most promising environment for robotic and human explorers to understand about other planets and eventually to establish human outposts. MINAR will also continue studies of microbial life deep underground and will develop new curriculum materials and live links to the public as part of a wider educational initiative.