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Moon Cave Could Shelter Astronauts, Scientists Say

Tuesday, 01 Mar 2011 03:06 PM

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Whether you can see the man in the moon depends on your imagination and your vantage point, but scientists in India seem to have found a man cave there. At least, scientists at the Indian Space Research Organization report that they have discovered a huge underground chamber on the moon, according to siliconindia.com.

The cave could provide "a safe environment from hazardous radiations, micro-meteoritic impacts, extreme temperatures and dust storms," scientists from the Space Applications Centre in Ahmedabad said in a research paper published in Current Science.

India, moon, cave, spacecraft, astronautAn instrument on the Indian lunar orbiter Chandrayaan-1 revealed a cave that is about 130 yards wide and just over a mile long near the moon's equator, in the Oceanus Procellarum area.

The scientists identify such caves as lava tubes, which they say “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."

The tubes would provide a dust-free environment and would need little construction to accommodate humans, the scientists say.

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