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Why CAVES – Astrobioliogy

NASA's director of Astrobiology Institue, Penelope Boston, explains why caves are interesting to astrobiologists. Caves are little studied areas and can resemble environments found on other planets. Caves exist on the Moon and Mars and could be...

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Meet the Team: Giovanni “Mimiu” Pintori

Hard as a rock. Stubborn as a child. Sweet as a candy. Determined as a bullet. Hardly a man of averages, Mimiu (nobody calls him by any other name) has been part of CAVES since its first...

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CAVES vs. SPACE: exploring in 3D

Explore the world of CAVES by going through squeezes and pits with space and cave explorers with CAVES Technical Course Director Francesco Sauro and ESA Astronaut Luca Parmitano. Francesco Sauro was recently nominated as a Time 2016 Next...

A typical overcrusted lava tube on the northern side of Arsia Mons in the Tharsis volcanic province of Mars. The dark circle are skylights open on the underground conduit. (credits NASA/JPL/University of Arizona)

Caves: the hidden side of planets

There are thousands of kilometers of unexplored caves on Earth. But speleologists are wondering if planets such as Mars could have cave systems as well. And our imagination runs… How big could they be? How long are...

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Taking space ops underground

A main objective of CAVES 2014 was to test how operations concepts and tools used on the International Space Station adapt to extended cave exploration. Offering familiar protocols to astronauts could result in quicker adaptation to the...

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CAVES operations – high or low-tech for...

We were like kids at Christmas when we received our IT gear for the CAVES 2014 campaign that included rugged high-tech tablets for photos and the daily operations report and light-weight 8” tablets with the ops procedures...

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Under the hood: the CAVES OPS Tools

We will present here, for tech-enthusiasts, some more details of the client-side of the OPS tools developed for CAVES 2014 and their supporting hardware. The setup was driven by operational requirements and the peculiarities of the CAVES...