The Exploration of the Earth Subsurface as a Martian Analogue


  • Valentina Marcheselli Università of Trento



extreme environment, space analogues, astrobiology, scientific fieldwork


This paper describes the conceptual effort and scientific practices though which space analogues – i.e., material settings in which one or more analogies between Earth and outer space are embedded – are built, sustained and experienced. Based on my ethnographic study of astrobiologists’ and speleologists’ analogue fieldwork activities in Sardinian subsurface environments, I claim that analogues are part of the process of making astrobiology as a discipline: they do not only constitute fundamental heuristics to understand Earthly – and perhaps one day extra-terrestrial – life, but they also reframe disciplinary boundaries and imagined futures on Earth and elsewhere in the Universe.




How to Cite

Marcheselli, V. (2022). The Exploration of the Earth Subsurface as a Martian Analogue. Tecnoscienza – Italian Journal of Science & Technology Studies, 13(1), 25–45.