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-Significance and Exploration for them-

Lunar and Martian holes and associated subsurface caverns
-Significance and Exploration for them-

In 2009, three deep pits, gigantic vertical holes, that have aperture diameters and depths of several tens of meters to one hundred meters were discovered in the data of Terrain Camera (TC) onboard SELenological and ENgineering Explore (SELENE, nicknamed KAGUYA). These holes are located in Marius Hills, Mare Tranquillitatis, and Mare Ingenii. They are possibly "skylights" opened on subsurface caverns such as lava tubes. Similar hole structures are also found on Mars. Subsurface caverns are quite safe shelters for long-term manned/unmanned activity on the Moon. Lunar holes and their associated subsurface caverns could be regarded as resources for lunar science. They are significant target locations for future lunar exploration and development. Mr. Haruyama presents a summary of lunar holes and associated caverns. Furthermore, he introduces the project Unprecedented Zipang Underworld of the Moon/Mars Exploration (UZUME) to explore the holes and caverns. Through this presentation, he would encourage the audience to think and discuss how to realize a space exploration.

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