Learn About Extraterrestrial Caves at Upcoming NSS Webinar

March 27, 2015
Possible Caves on Mars as seen by NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter

Possible Caves on Mars as seen by NASA’s Mars Odyssey orbiter. Photo by NASA

As part of its ongoing webinar series, the National Speleological Society will be holding a presentation on the caves of the solar system on April 8th, 2015.

Presented by Dr. Penny Boston, an acclaimed scientist who has been thinking about caves on other planets for more than twenty years, the presentation will tour of extraterrestrial caves found to date, examine cave formation mechanisms that may differ from what is found on earth and overview efforts to find and explore them.

Thanks to new technologies will enable robotic missions and ultimately human missions, these important extraterrestrial landforms are now finding their way into future mission planning for the Moon, Mars, Europa, Enceladus, Titan and other destinations in the Solar System.

Dr. Boston is Director of the Cave & Karst Studies Program, Professor and Associate Chair of the Earth & Environmental Sciences Department at the NM Institute of Mining & Technology in Socorro, NM. She is also Associate Director for Academics of the National Cave & Karst Research Institute in Carlsbad, NM.

Her research includes geomicrobiology and astrobiology in extreme environments (especially caves and mines), speleogenetic processes on other planets, and human space exploration.

This essential presentation begins at 8:00pm CT (7:00pm MT/6:00pm PT).

Registration is open, and as usual, space is limited, so reserve your spot now.

[via NSS]

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  1. Larry E. Matthews
    March 28, 2015 at 8:41 am

    Dr. William R. Halliday gave a short paper on this subject at last year’s NSS Convention in Huntsville. He has also presented papers on this topic at Geological Society of America meetings.

    I hope he will be one of the FEATURED people in this webinar.



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