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Tunnel entrances spotted on Moon's surface


Posted on Saturday, 13 January, 2018 | Comment icon 35 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 (35)

Tags: Moon, Holes, Tunnels

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #26 Posted by Nzo on 13 January, 2018, 22:37
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 #27 Posted by pallidin on 13 January, 2018, 23:46
Budget...
Comment icon #28 Posted by toast on 14 January, 2018, 0:18
Volkswagen is working on the project already.
Comment icon #29 Posted by spud the mackem on 14 January, 2018, 0:48
So That's where THEY hide, whenTHEY aren't visitingEarth in TheirU.F.O's
Comment icon #30 Posted by freetoroam on 14 January, 2018, 1:17
Stockpiled - Why? You do know sending a rocket to the moon is not cheap?
Comment icon #31 Posted by Taun on 14 January, 2018, 2:36
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 #32 Posted by South Alabam on 15 January, 2018, 5:44
I sure am glad things like this don't start conspiracy theories.
Comment icon #33 Posted by MySummerJob on 15 January, 2018, 8:59
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 #34 Posted by Peter B on 20 January, 2018, 10:07
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 #35 Posted by Peter B on 20 January, 2018, 10:29
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.


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