Giant Moon cave discovered, time to pack for the moon colonization?

| March 5, 2011 | Reply

Have you ever wondered about the logistics of human kind colonizing the moon? So have I…
Luckily, thanks to recent discoveries we can now start setting up our plans to start a base camp on the moon, and bypass some of those nagging question such as; How would we shield ourselves from lunar radiation and meteors, and how can we protect ourselves from the moons variable temperature.

Back in 2009 JAXA (Japanese Space Agency) discovered a large cave on the moon that is 213 feet (65 meters across) and 289 feet deep (88 meters). Fast forward to the present and the Indian Space Research Organization has discovered a “giant underground chamber” near the Moon’s equator, in the Oceanus Procellarum area. The new cave found is significantly larger than the earlier JAXA cave, coming in at more than one mile long (1.7 kilometers) and 393 feet wide (120 meters).

Gizmodo says:

…The Indian researchers have published a paper detailing their findings and talking about the possibility of making this giant underground vault as a future human base. The settlement would be protected from radiation, micro-meteor impacts, dust and extreme temperature changes by the lava structure…

Indian researchers explain:

Lava provides a natural environmental control with a nearly constant temperature of minus 20 degrees Celsius (-4 degrees Fahrenheit), unlike that of the lunar surface showing extreme variation, maximum of 130 degrees Celsius (266 degrees Fahrenheit) to a minimum of minus 180 degrees Celsius (-292 degrees Fahrenheit) in its diurnal (day-night) cycle.

So don’t pack your bags just yet for moving out to the new moon colony, but you never know…

Source: Gizmodo

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