NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has mistakenly discovered a place on the moon that scientists believe is suitable for temporary accommodation on the satellite.
The moon, as it is known, is not particularly welcoming to man, but Temperature fluctuations from -173°C to +127°C and widespread drought are the smallest problems. Everywhere there is rock dust and abrasives that cut like fiberglass, as well as regular meteor showers and intense radiation.
So there is no chance of surviving in such a climate even for a long time without a thick layer of a specialized suit, let alone surviving. Meanwhile, the possible creation of a lunar research station, of course, requires such a requirement.
Perhaps, however, the solution has just been clarified, because according to NASA, A few years ago, the LRO in the sea area of Mare Tranquilitatis encountered a very strange crater. The object, with a diameter of about 100 meters, according to the analysis carried out with the help of thermal vision, has a chance of becoming an excellent starting point.
Humans evolved and they live in caves, so we can go back to them when we live on the moon
says David Page, one of the study’s authors.
Firstly, the network of caves located inside it provides a natural defense against threats of a purely kinetic nature. Secondly, and most importantly, the internal temperature is relatively constant at around 17°C, which no human should have much trouble with.
NASA plans to return to the Moon as part of the Artemis mission as early as 2024, while China threatens to build a lunar research station before the end of this decade. The new discovery has the potential to make the task of both easier.
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Text source: Geophysical Research Letters, ed. king
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