Friday, June 19, 2015

Humanity's Future Might Be In Caves On the Moon

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These pictures of moon pits were taken by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft. NASA recently announced the discovery of over 200 pits on the Moon that could one day shelter astronauts. What’s more exciting is that many believe these pits lead to vast networks of caves. In such caves, astronauts would be safe from radiation, micro-meteorites, and the Moon’s extreme temperatures. During the day it can be 253-degrees Fahrenheit, and at night, the temperature plummets to -387-degrees. Scientists believe that these caves might remain at a tolerable temperature.

Scientists believe these pits were created by the underground movement of lava, billions of years ago. If this lava is anything like what we have on Earth, it left long, sinuous tunnels in its wake. This is what Red Whittaker of Carnegie Mellon University wants his rovers to confirm.

Read much more about this on Gizmodo.

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