Tuesday, May 21, 2024
Contact    |    RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon  
Unexplained Mysteries
You are viewing: Home > News > Space & Astronomy > News story
Welcome Guest ( Login or Register )  
All ▾
Search Submit

Space & Astronomy

Tunnel entrances spotted on Moon's surface

By T.K. Randall
January 13, 2018 · Comment icon 34 comments

What lies beneath the Moon's surface ? Image Credit: NASA / SETI Institute / Mars Institute / Pascal Lee
The openings, which were found near the Moon's north pole, could lead to an extensive network of tunnels.
Discovered by researchers working with the SETI Institute and Mars Institute, the holes, which were spotted on photographs taken by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, are thought to lead down in to a network of ancient lava tubes which carried flows of molten rock in the Moon's distant past.

It remains unclear exactly how deep the holes go or how extensive the tunnel network might be.

"The highest resolution images available for Philolaus Crater do not allow the pits to be identified as lava tube skylights with 100 percent certainty, but we are looking at good candidates considering simultaneously their size, shape, lighting conditions and geologic setting," said scientist Pascal Lee.
If the holes really do lead down in to tunnels, these subterranean caverns would be an ideal place for future human explorers to shelter, set up a base and mine resources.

What we find down there could also teach us much about the Moon itself and how it came to form.

Source: BGR.com | Comments (34)




Other news and articles
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #25 Posted by Nzo 6 years ago
Why cant we get a rover setup  and ready to go within 6 months? We should have them stockpiled and ready to go with modular designs for each mission load. And I am being generous when I say 6 months.
Comment icon #26 Posted by pallidin 6 years ago
Budget...
Comment icon #27 Posted by toast 6 years ago
Volkswagen is working on the project already.
Comment icon #28 Posted by spud the mackem 6 years ago
So That's where THEY hide, when THEY aren't visiting Earth in Their U.F.O's 
Comment icon #29 Posted by freetoroam 6 years ago
Stockpiled -  Why? You do know sending a rocket to the moon is not cheap?
Comment icon #30 Posted by Taun 6 years ago
I like that movie... My favorite bit was when that guy tells them to not shoot at the alien thing, because we need to talk to it, to understand it and reason with it "we can't meet it with hostility and guns"... Then it shoots him with an energy weapon and he yells " Get the Son of A B****!"  I always laugh my butt off at that bit...
Comment icon #31 Posted by South Alabam 6 years ago
I sure am glad things like this don't start conspiracy theories.
Comment icon #32 Posted by MySummerJob 6 years ago
Reminds me of an anime called Dragonaut. That anime showed a real nice moon base (with a city) that was set-up inside the moon. Could be real nice to bring something like that to life.
Comment icon #33 Posted by Peter B 6 years ago
This link might explain why we should at least consider the idea of them being sink-holes: https://lunar-landing.arc.nasa.gov/LLW2018-43 If you scroll down to the bottom of the article (it's only an abstract so there isn't much explanation) the group of photos provide context: these features sit inside rilles - long winding canyons which are the collapsed remains of lava tubes, or, in this case, discontinuous rilles...which means that there are possibly still surviving lava tubes. Incidentally, note that the small shadowed features in the picture are craters, not bumps. The sunlight is coming ... [More]
Comment icon #34 Posted by Peter B 6 years ago
Well, the significance of these particular discoveries is their location. Philolaus Crater is at 72 degrees north (if it was on the Earth it would be north of the Arctic Circle). This is a part of the Moon which wasn't well mapped until NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter arrived in 2009, and it would probably have taken several passes over the same location to get pictures with suitable lighting. Wikipedia's article on the crater includes a photo of what it looks like from the Earth - so it's not surprising no one spotted these sink-holes any earlier.


Please Login or Register to post a comment.


Our new book is out now!
Book cover

The Unexplained Mysteries
Book of Weird News

 AVAILABLE NOW 

Take a walk on the weird side with this compilation of some of the weirdest stories ever to grace the pages of a newspaper.

Click here to learn more

We need your help!
Patreon logo

Support us on Patreon

 BONUS CONTENT 

For less than the cost of a cup of coffee, you can gain access to a wide range of exclusive perks including our popular 'Lost Ghost Stories' series.

Click here to learn more

Top 10 trending mysteries
Recent news and articles