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Volcanic Caves as Priority Sites for Astrobiology Science

Whitepaper #306 submitted to the Planetary Science and Astrobiology Decadal Survey 2023-2032. Topics: life and prebiotic organics; Mars; technology development

Published onMar 18, 2021
Volcanic Caves as Priority Sites for Astrobiology Science

We urge NASA to develop technology needed to enter a planetary cave with a payload optimized for life detection. We summarize current technology/challenges associated with remote characterization of caves, exploration vehicles with advanced autonomy, communications, operations capabilities, and sensor systems for life and biosignature ID.


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