Moon Caves Could House and Protect The Astronauts And Their Supplies
Researchers have discovered that the moon caves, which look like huge pits can provide shelter for the astronauts, who are exploring the space.
The scientists found out that the large hole of the Marius Hills on the moon, which is a lava tube also known as the skylight can protect the astronauts. This lava tube is estimated 213 feet across with 262 to 289 feet depth, according to Nature World News.
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According to the data collected by NASA's Twin Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) spacecraft, the lunar caves could house the astronauts and their supplies. Rohan Sood, a graduate student at Purdue University in Indiana said that a lava tube provides a safe haven from all the hazardous environmental conditions. These include the radiation from the sun, falling micrometeorites, and galactic cosmic rays, according to Space.
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NASA stated that GRAIL's engineering objectives are to enable the science objective of mapping lunar gravity and using that information to increase understanding of the moon's interior and thermal history. They found out the potential of moon caves.
The recent findings also that the moon might have water ice and water will enable the astronauts to stay longer on the moon. This can also materialize the ESA's dream of "moon village."
The scientists said that these moon caves can be used for shelter because it is under the surface. It also provides a safe escape from space elements that could pass the moon and other debris. If the discovery is proven true, the moon can be a potentially habitable village to stay, too.