Cave in moon:Base station for astronauts?

Cave in moon:Base station for astronauts?

By SiliconIndia   |   Friday, 25 February 2011, 03:34 Hrs   |    22 Comments
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New Delhi: Scientists at the Indian Space Research Organization have discovered a giant underground chamber on the moon, which they feel could be used as a base by astronauts on future manned missions to moon.

An analysis by an instrument on Chandrayaan-1 revealed a 1.7-km long and 120-metre wide cave near the moon's equator that is in the Oceanus Procellarum area of the moon that could be a suitable 'base station' for future human missions.

Scientists of the Space Applications Centre in Ahmedabad said in a research paper published in the latest issue of Current Science that the cave provides "a safe environment from hazardous radiations, micro-meteoritic impacts, extreme temperatures and dust storms."

Scientists said identifying sites for permanent base for human settlements on the moon is important for further exploration.

"Lava tubes provide a natural environmental control with a nearly constant temperature of minus 20 degrees Celsius, unlike that of the lunar surface showing extreme variation, maximum of 130 degrees Celsius to a minimum of minus 180 degrees Celsius in its diurnal (day-night) cycle," they said.

According to them, the lava tubes offer a dust-free environment and adapting them for human use requires minimal construction.


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1: Protects from Dust Storms? How many dust storms does the moon get?
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Posted by:duecreall - 10 Sep, 2011
3: assemblers of infinity, all I got to say. 'Wink'
Posted by:well Read - 06 Mar, 2011
SSSIXXX Replied to: well Read - 07 Mar, 2011
We just need to wait for the bugs to recognize we aren't raw material!
Bindox Replied to: SSSIXXX - 06 Sep, 2011
6: good work by isro
Posted by:sreenivas - 03 Mar, 2011
7: "NAVY Space Program uncoverd" + Paperclip =
Posted by:Psymon - 02 Mar, 2011
8: same problems will follow us there
Posted by:apu - 01 Mar, 2011
Of course, let's just give up.
Snarky Replied to: apu - 08 Mar, 2011
10: dust storms on the moon?

very cool though
Posted by:anon - 01 Mar, 2011
Yeah, my BS detector blew up on that one. No atmosphere. Probably the news writer threw that in. Great work ISRO. Let's go.
Andrew Replied to: anon - 08 Mar, 2011
You need an atmosphere for any type of storm though...
Scotty Replied to: anon - 06 Mar, 2011
Yes, the moon has dust storms cf.

They're driven by electrostatic charges created by solar wind and sunlight, and occur on the terminator between the sun-light side and the dark side.

The moon doesn't have any kind of vulcanism now, but billions of years ago, before it had completely cooled to solidity, big meteor impacts could have created something like volcanoes.
LarryD Replied to: Scotty - 07 Mar, 2011
Does the moon have lava tubes? I wasn't aware this was true. As far as I know, the moon does not have any sub-surface forces active within it, including lava flows.
Alex Replied to: Scotty - 07 Mar, 2011
It definitely has *collapsed* lava tubes (rilles) which look superficially like dry river beds. An Apollo mission (15?) landed near the Hadley Rille. So, presumably there would be stable, uncollapsed tubes, too. Could orbital Ground Penetrating Radar (GCR) find more of them?
Frank Glover Replied to: Alex - 07 Mar, 2011
I thought that was crazy, too, but look, apparently it does happen.
Todd Stewart Replied to: anon - 06 Mar, 2011
Yea I caught that too... have to say it puts the author's credibility at risk.
Colin Replied to: anon - 06 Mar, 2011
18: Nothing like settling down on your sofa in your new moon base home when the blood sucking aliens you moved in next door come over to welcome you to the neighborhood.
Posted by:Mike - 01 Mar, 2011
Easily solved, all we have to do is populate our moonbases with werewolves. Of course, they'd have to put up with two weeks of being human, but what the heck.
CptNerd Replied to: Mike - 07 Mar, 2011
20: New home for mane creacher at moon Good work ISRO.
Posted by:Shreekanth.G.K - 24 Feb, 2011
Great success of Moon. it will help all nations.
rudraksha Replied to: Shreekanth.G.K - 25 Feb, 2011
Proud of ISRO
Shyam Replied to: Shreekanth.G.K - 24 Feb, 2011