UIS Commission on Karst Hydrogeology and Speleogenesis

3rd International Planetary Caves Conference


The 3rd International Planetary Caves Conference is scheduled for February 18–21, 2020 at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) in San Antonio, Texas, USA. During the last decade, caves and subterranean features have been discovered on nearly every planetary surface as the spatial resolution of spacecraft instrumentation has markedly improved. To date, planetary scientists have identified more than 200 lunar and several thousand Martian cave-like features. These features allow us to access and examine subsurface without costly deep-drilling payloads. Moreover, caves provide potential habitats for life, including future human habitation on the Moon and Mars.

The 3rd International Planetary Caves Conference captures advances in the current state of the art cave exploration and continues the exchange of knowledge and ideas between scientists and engineers for future cave missions. Topics include:

  • Lunar and Martian cave-like features
  • Types of speleogenic features that may be encountered on other planetary bodies
  • The potential to search for subterranean volatiles and determine subsurface habitability
  • Robotic access and exploration
  • The astrobiology potential of planetary subsurface environments
  • Technologies required for human habitation

Additionally, the conference will provide a forum to discuss the longer-term objective of developing a strategy for research and robotic exploration of caves across the solar system. To register and for more information, visit https://www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/3rdcaves2020/.

Location information

San Antonio, Texas, USA

6220 Culebra Road
San Antonio
Texas 78238
United States