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Lava tubes spotted on Moon’s North Pole might lead to potential ice deposits

13 Jan 2018, 12:25 UTC
Lava tubes spotted on Moon’s North Pole might lead to potential ice deposits
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A large crater on Moon has holes or pits that might possess secret tunnels which could lead to the Moon’s polar ice, according to a new study. As per the study, the small pits found on the big crater in Moon’s North Pole are nothing but skylights that leads down to an underground network of Lava tubes. Many scientists have claimed that these lava tubes hold water inside them in the form of ice. So, if these latest skylights lead to passages into the moon’s interior, then there is chance that ice deposits could be reached more quickly than previously thought.
The latest strange holes on Moon’s North Pole were discovered by scientists of SETI institute and Mars institute after going through the imagery data collected by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO). The main aim of LRO is to detect any type of gaps and openings present in the moon’s dusty surface. The strange skylights spotted in the Philolaus Crater on Moon’s North pole are believed to the holes in the ceilings of lava tubes. Millions of years ago, when Moon was in its active state, man volcanic eruptions had taken place giving rise to the lava tubes. But, at ...

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