According to what the SETI Institute has recently discovered, it seems that we might soon be able to access large quantities of water on the moon. This is thanks to some lava tubes which are located near the moon’s north pole. The institute obtained the data from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. It appears that there are some small openings on its surface that could lead to some enormous caves which have formed hundreds of millions of years ago.
According to Pascal Lee of SETI, because the highest resolution images for the Philolaus Crater are not qualitative enough, the experts cannot surely say that the pits are indeed lava tubes. However, from what they can see, those are good candidates because of their size, geologic setting and shape. These opening are reportedly about 100 feet across. Those huge caverns have those cannels that rivers of lava have formed a while ago. But how could these tubes help experts? They can make the extraction of ice and therefore water much easier in comparison with trying to get it from lunar soil.
The mysterious lunar tubes
It’s worth noting that at the moment, experts are not sure whether or not there is ice in those tubes. However, if it is, ice could be present there is very large quantities, like in the tubes found on Earth. Moreover, this area could prove to be the perfect place for a lunar base. This way, experts could further explore these caves and obtain answers to how the moon was formed. Apart from this, more lunar missions could take place from here, even Mars missions. There could be such lava tubes on the Red Planet too.
It’s interesting that these caves are not the first ones discovered by scientists. There are over 200 of them but the polar location is what has intrigued researchers.
Image source: nasa.gov