51 U.S. Code § 70503 - Ground-based analog capabilities
Ground-based analog capabilities
The Administrator may establish a ground-based analog capability in remote United States locations in order to assist in the development of lunar operations, life support, and in-situ resource utilization experience and capabilities.
(b)Environmental Characteristics.—The Administrator shall select locations for the activities described in subsection (a) that—
(c)Involvement of Local Populations and Private Sector Partners.—
In carrying out this section, the Administrator shall involve local populations, academia, and industrial partners as much as possible to ensure that ground-based benefits and applications are encouraged and developed.