A roadmap for planetary caves science and exploration

Nature Astronomy
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While researchers have pondered the possibility of extraterrestrial caves for more than 50 years, we have now entered the incipient phase of planetary caves exploration. Our knowledge of planetary caves varies from body to body. Earth represents the most advanced level of exploration, but many unanswered questions remain. Beyond Earth, identification of possible caves is most advanced for the Moon and Mars , with hundreds of documented candidate cave entrances and several proposed cave mission concepts.  To date, the community has catalogued 2,660 SAPs on eight planetary bodies (excluding Earth) across our Solar System. Planetary caves science has the potential to significantly expand over the next decade. A potential roadmap for planetary cave research and exploration is discussed. 

Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title A roadmap for planetary caves science and exploration
Series title Nature Astronomy
DOI 10.1038/s41550-021-01385-1
Volume 5
Year Published 2021
Language English
Publisher Springer Nature
Contributing office(s) Astrogeology Science Center
Description 2 p.
First page 524
Last page 525
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