For entire years, scientists have been wondering about the origin of those deep and dark craters on the Moon’s surface. Could those actually be entrances to caverns that lava carved many years ago? It seems like some researchers from the United States and Japan may have discovered new pieces of evidence regarding this mystery. This is actually very good news for those who may want to travel and build a colony on the Moon. Or under its surface.
According to new research which Geophysical Research Letters published, there are many of those pits near the Marius Hill area of the Moon. And it’s interesting that they resemble some lava tubes that are open. According to them, those can offer not only safe shelter for humans and their instruments, but also a good place to scientifically examine the composition of the Moon. They discovered those craters by using gravity and radar data.
A possible colony on the Moon?
By the way they look, those craters could be the perfect place for a colony on the Moon. Under its surface, inside them, humans could be safe from the dangerous and extremely powerful rays of the Sun. Because the Moon doesn’t have an atmosphere, the shelter those caverns could offer might be priceless.
For many years, experts thought of those craters as tubes left behind by flowing lava, like channels. The Moon had volcanic activity millions of years ago, and those craters could date back to that time. Older research even showed that those craters would make a perfect environment for subterranean lunar bases.
Combining data from the SELENE spacecraft, which studied the Moon’s origin, and NASA’s GRAIL mission, they discovered those mass deficits. This is how they found that such caverns indeed exist and could even serve as potential shelters for people. Now, all we have to do is to reach the Moon and make the dream of establishing a colony there, reality.
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