A large cave has been discovered underneath the moon’s surface that seems like the ideal location for a human outpost. Is it almost time to live our lives like characters in Star Wars? I hope so. According to writers at Engadget, space agencies from US and Russia jointly announced collaboration plans on building a satellite colony. However, today’s discovery by Japan might have changed the game plan.
Utilizing a radar system designed to peer underground, Japan’s Selenological and Engineering Explorer (Selene) probe has discovered a 50-meter wide by 50-meter deep opening underneath the Marius Hills region. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (Jaxa) suspect that the chasm was roughly 31 miles long, and 100 meters wide. The chasm is filled with rocks that may contain water. Jaxa believes that it was a tube caused by lava during volcanic activity around 3.5 billion years ago. Incredible!
According to Jaxa senior researcher, Junichi Haruyama, Lava tubes are good for human settlements. The tubes “might be the best candidate sites for future lunar bases, because of their stable thermal conditions and potential to protect people and instruments from micrometeorites and cosmic ray radiation,” Haruyama told The Guardian. The underground location also shields denizens from the surface’s sporadic temperature swings and radiation from the sun’s UV rays.
Imagine expeditions going to the Moon to involve themselves in helping to sustain this chasm. Could you imagine yourself applying for that job? At least until some extra terrestrial’s spawn (just kidding).