Possible lava tube skylights discovered near the North Pole of the Moon

Credit: NASA/Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter/SETI Institute/Mars Institute/Pascal LeeThe north pole of the moon appears to be riddled with dozens of pits leading to underground lava tubes, according to new research released Jan. 11. If these belowground caves host vast amounts of ice — which scientists believe is possible — astronauts could harvest the ice and use them for future moon missions. Data from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter pinpointed the pits on the northeastern floor of the, which is at about 72 degrees north latitude. Each pit is about 50 to 100 feet across (15 to 30 meters) and located along a lunar sinuous rille, or lava tube, which were once underground tunnels filled with lava. Discovering potential lava tubes at the moon’s north pole represents a boon for future space explorers. While the moon hosts hundreds of known lava tubes, most of them are in regions with little ice. The northern ones, by contrast, appear in an area with known ice. In fact, that's why lead resear

Possible lava tube skylights discovered near the North Pole of the Moon

The SETI Institute and the Mars Institute announced today the discovery of small pits in a large crater near the North Pole of the Moon, which may be entrances to an underground network of lava ...

Thu 11 Jan 18 from Phys.org

Lunar fountain? Accessible ice could lurk in Moon's lava tubes

New images from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) suggest there is an underground network of lava tubes beneath the lunar surface that could offer astronauts easy access to water.

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Lunar Fountain? Accessible Ice Could Lurk in Moon's Lava Tubes

New images from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter suggest there is an underground network of lava tubes beneath the lunar surface that could offer astronauts easy access to water.

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Nasa finds lava tubes near the moon's north pole

The holes are sky-lit entrances to a network of underground tubes that could offer passageways into the moon's interior, according to researchers from Nasa and Arizona State University. ...

Mon 15 Jan 18 from Daily Mail

Lunar lava tubes may provide access to vast polar ice reservoirs on the moon

New image analysis by researchers at SETI indicate that there may be subterranean lava tubes in the polar region of the moon leading to massive underground glaciers, which could provide fuel ...

Mon 15 Jan 18 from FOXNews

Data from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has revealed the presence of tunnels at the moon’s north pole that were once filled with lava but now store potentially vast quantities of frozen water.

Credit: NASA/Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter/SETI Institute/Mars Institute/Pascal LeeThe north pole of the moon appears to be riddled with dozens of pits leading to underground ...

Fri 12 Jan 18 from Discovery News

'Lava tube skylights' on the moon call to caving astronauts - CNET

Our next lunar expedition might want to check out a fascinating crater with mysterious pits that could lead underground.

Fri 12 Jan 18 from CNET Cutting Edge

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