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Questions tagged [caves]

Questions regarding underground chambers, usually naturally occurring.

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Does NASA, or any other group, have any plans to directly explore caves on Mars or the moon?

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. ...
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How did the JAXA lunar probe discover that there is a 50 km long cave on the Moon?

Breaking Space news! I just heard a short item on the BBC news broadcast (ok, podcast). It said that a JAXA lunar orbiter has determined that a previously identified cave is quite extensive - perhaps ...
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Is it possible to map the caves of Phobos?

Having read that Phobos at 27 km long is around 30% porous, I am going to assume that there are a number of voids large enough for human entrance. If it turned out there was a void large enough and ...
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Has any space agency studied a lunar outpost architecture inside of a cave?

Apparently a number of (what appear to be) cave entrances on the moon have been identified. There is a long list of technical advantages to setting up a base in a cave, as opposed to surface modules. ...
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Would temperatures be more stable under the surface of Mercury?

Mercury, being right around than 55,000,000 km away from the Sun, gets hot. As in very hot - 700 °K hot (426 °C and 800 °F). Not a place you would want to live. On the flip side, the side of Mercury ...
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Theories of what asteroid macroporosity actually means

Pretty good science has nailed down the fact that a significant fraction of asteroids have macro-porosity of 10% or more. It seems this was more or less established as of a 2003 paper, and here are ...
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Moon Caves spotted?

Have any caves been spotted on the moon, in an area where Astronauts could potentially seek shelter from radiation?