Iceland does not only pride itself of rich literature history with growing interest in speculative fiction, it is also has excellent conditions for space exploration teams to prepare and get a feel for what to expect when putting a human in inhabitable places.
Lunar landing preparation
In 1965 and 1967, two groups of American astronauts came to Iceland to prepare for their journey to a place no one else had gone: the moon. Here on Earth, Iceland is known for it’s otherworldly landscapes and geological formations that compare to the surface moon (Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar shot in Iceland, as well as many other sci-fi films!). So the Apollo astronauts came to study geology and practice collecting samples like they would on their mission.