26th Jan 2023 @ 10:17 am

The European Space Agency has chosen Lanzarote as the venue for its fourth annual International Conference on Planetary Caves, which will be held in a cave for the first time.

The auditorium at Jameos del Agua will host meetings of the conference attendants, while other workshops will take place at the La Tegala social centre in Haría. The conference will take place from the 4th to the 7th of May

ESA scientists and astronauts have already been visiting ands carrying out practical work on Lanzarote for several years , and the island’s caves are one of the main reasons for their interest in the island . This is because caves on Mars or the moon could provide the perfect refuge for astronauts who are constructing bases, protecting them from solar radiation. They are also one of the most likely places to find signs of extraterrestrial life.

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