The importance of Martian caves for life past and present, volatiles being trapped, and for future habitats would seem to put their exploration high on the list but I don't see any missions to do so. Same with the moon minus the life part.

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    $\begingroup$ Yes, they have been attempting to do this for years, however, it is very difficult to set up any kind of research outposts for study of Mars or the Moon,for obvious reasons. See here en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caves_of_Mars_Project for a start $\endgroup$
    – Mark Kirby
    Nov 19, 2017 at 17:37
  • $\begingroup$ For those looking at this site on a desktop (or other more capable system), here's the regular Wikipedia link en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caves_of_Mars_Project for the page @MarkKirby cited. $\endgroup$ Nov 20, 2017 at 2:12
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    $\begingroup$ I expanded the question to any other group, not just NASA. It appears they've studied the prospect of putting habitats in the martian caves and sealing them to use as well, plus other interesting research. (Argon as buffer gas in crickets and mice, wireless communication in limestone caves, etc.) But no plans for unmanned probes that I could find. $\endgroup$ Nov 21, 2017 at 11:09
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    $\begingroup$ nasa.gov/pdf/637136main_Whittaker_Presentation.pdf has some references at the end that may lead to answers. $\endgroup$
    – user17699
    Nov 27, 2017 at 18:53
  • $\begingroup$ Wow, that was a very cool and detailed pdf on a proposed cave exploration! At least someone has thought it through extensively. $\endgroup$ Nov 29, 2017 at 14:17


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