Screen time underground. Credits: ESA/S.Sechi

An integrated Space-Station-based mission

Extended Exploration days are very busy for the CAVEnauts. They have to perform science, test technology, document their exploration and manage the campsite. This requires a careful time-management, possible using a a timeline which is not too...

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Wi-fi and tablets go caving with astronauts

Caves are humid, dirty places, and exploring them means ‘going through squeezes’, bumping your rucksack (and yourself) along rocky walls and losing anything not constantly kept under the light of your headlamp or attached by tethers. In...

Cavenaut L.Parmitano adjusting the camera to take the right shot. Credits: ESA/S.Sechi
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Cave documentation: Survey and Photography

YouTube Cave exploration is a wonderful and exciting experience. Tales of exploration are perfect for telling around a fire or for writing in books. But no description of caves can really convey the physicality of what was...

Taking samples in the caves. Credits: ESA- S.Sechi

The science of CAVES: meteorology

Meteorology in caves Caves are rather stable climatic environments, with an almost constant temperature and high degrees of relative humidity. Nonetheless, detailed measurements of climatic parameters allow the finding of small variations that cause underground “weather” changes....

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The science of CAVES: Environmental Science – Radon

Radon monitoring in caves The objective of these measurements is to determine radon concentrations in the air. Radon is a radioactive noble gas, produced by the decay of the Uranium series isotopes. In closed environments radon is...

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The science of CAVES: environmental science – CO2

Monitoring CO2 in caves CO2 is the most infamous greenhouse gas. The air that we breathe on Earth has concentrations of around 390 parts per million (0,039 %). In caves CO2 is found in higher concentrations because...

Checking water samples. Credits: ESA/V.Crobu

The science of CAVES: Geology

Geology in caves The main objective of these measurements is to determine the chemical composition and physical parameters of cave water in branches of the Sa Grutta caves. Water chemistry is an important indicator of environmental quality...

Gathered around in Sa Grutta. Credits: ESA\S.Sechi
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ЧАРУЮЩИЙ МИР ПЕЩЕР

Вот что думает о приобретённом опыте космонавт Роскосмоса и участник "Пещер-2014" Александр Мисуркин. Эта статья в блоге сопровождается видеозаписью, выполненной во время итогового разбора тренировки. Прошёл уже почти месяц, но я уверен, что воспоминания о двух неделях,...

Gathered around in Sa Grutta. Credits: ESA\S.Sechi
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The Enchanted World of CAVES

This is Russian cosmonaut and CAVES 2014 participant  Alexander Misurikin's account of his experience during the course. This blog entry is accompanied by the final video of CAVES 2014: a debriefing from the team. A month has...

Microbiology samples in Sa Grutta. Credits: ESA\R.DeLuca

The science of CAVES: Microbiology

Microbiology in caves Microbes are an essential part of the biological chain and are literally everywhere. They have been found in the most extreme places on Earth, living in high temperatures on the sea floor and even...