Science and technology requirements to explore caves in our Solar System

Bulletin of the AAS
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We are in the incipient phase of exploring the subterranean realm of our Solar System. Planetary caves research offers interdisciplinary, cross-planetary body investigations spanning geology, climatology, astrobiology, robotics, and human use. Caves are of great importance in advancing our understanding of planetary processes and the search for life beyond Earth. Given these advances, a diverse and interdisciplinary community of planetary caves researchers has emerged. Their activities have been partially documented by a series of workshops and conferences over the last thirteen years (Titus & Boston, 2012; Wynne et al, 2016; Titus et al., 2020, submitted). These meetings brought together scientists and engineers from around the world to discuss both science needs (i.e., geology, habitability, and astrobiology), as well as engineering challenges (e.g., mobility, navigation, and communications) for cave research on other planetary bodies. It was determined at the last planetary caves conference that a goals and/or roadmap document, like those of the Assessment and Advisory Groups, was needed. This white paper is our initial conception of such an effort.
Publication type Report
Publication Subtype Federal Government Series
Title Science and technology requirements to explore caves in our Solar System
Series title Bulletin of the AAS
DOI 10.3847/25c2cfeb.a68ba8cb
Volume 53
Issue 4
Year Published 2021
Language English
Publisher National Academy of Sciences
Contributing office(s) Astrogeology Science Center
Description Whitepaper #167, 8 p.
Larger Work Type Report
Larger Work Subtype Federal Government Series
Larger Work Title Planetary science and astrobiology decadal survey 2023-2032
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