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Friday, January 01, 2010

Lunar Lava Tubes Cited for Possible Human Moon Colonization Habitats in Next Decade

The possibility of utilization of lunar lava tubes for future habitation by Moon colonists is now being described as a possibility in the popular media as they have held the attention of scientists for many years now. The possibility of lava tubes supporting colonists has gained more currency in the wake of confirmation of significants amounts of water ice on the surface of the Moon in recent years.

Lunar Networks blog recently provided depth to the recent Journal Geophysical Research Letters research study led by Junichi Haruyama of the Japanese Space Agency JAXA and published in October 2009 from image and other data gathered by the moon-orbiting Japanese SELENE spacecraft. Linked is a radio show about lunar lava tubes.

Andrew Daga, a fellow grad of the University of North Dakota, recently proposed to The Planetary Sciences Division of NASA's Science Mission Directorate's Decadal Survey to study lunar lava tubes stating that "such a habitat would be completely protected from radiation, extreme temperature variations, and regolith dust. The implications for logistical and mission planners are that a substantially larger fraction of the landed mass can be dedicated to life support and science mission support. This could enable longer duration missions without risk of radiation overdosing, better reliability and a more diverse set of scientific technology, and a larger habitat area in which to work."

1 comment:

Bleddyn said...

This is excellent news indeed. It's time that the general population stopped laughing at such plans and started pushing their governments for these plans.