2011 Mojave Desert, Earth-Mars Cave Detection Expedition

March 24, 2011

Arrangements are being made for an expedition April 10th to 15th to visit the Mojave Desert as part of the Earth-Mars Cave Detection Project and cavers are being asked to volunteer.

We are seeking volunteers to assist with thermal and visible imagery collects and ground-based data and instrument recovery as part of the Earth-Mars Cave Detection Project. – Jut Wynne

The Earth-Mars Cave Detection Project began after photos taken by NASA’s Mars Odyssey in 2007 displayed seven large dark marks on the surface. Initial thoughts were that they were the skylight openings to subterranean caves. By studying known caves on earth, the project hopes to be able to confirm whether on not the holes are indeed Martian caves.

Possible Caves on Mars as seen by NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter

Photo by NASA

This expedition is the final part of the three-year project funded by the NASA Exobiology Program to develop techniques to predict and detect caves on the Earth and Mars. The project has taken place at two sites selected because of their similarities with Mars, the Atacama Desert in northern Chile and Mojave Desert in southern California in the United States.

To read accounts of the previous trips visit the blog of Jut Wynne the coordinator of the project.

To get all the details on volunteering head on over to the forum post.

Earth Mars Cave Detection, 2011 Mojave Desert Expedition [Cavechat.org]

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