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Ice From Underground Lava Tubes Offers Possible Water Supply for Moon Missions

13 Jan 2018, 13:54 UTC
Ice From Underground Lava Tubes Offers Possible Water Supply for Moon Missions
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Data from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has revealed the presence of tunnels at the moon’s north pole that were once filled with lava but now store potentially vast quantities of frozen water.
One of the highest resolution NASA Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter images showing some of the newly discovered lava tube skylight candidates at Philolaus Crater near the north pole of the moon. |NASA/Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter/SETI Institute/Mars Institute/Pascal LeeEXPLORATIONIce From Underground Lava Tubes Offers Possible Water Supply for Moon MissionsData from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has revealed the presence of tunnels at the moon’s north pole that were once filled with lava but now store potentially vast quantities of frozen water.
The north pole of the moon appears to be riddled with dozens of pits leading to underground lava tubes, according to new research released Jan. 11. If these belowground caves host vast amounts of ice — which scientists believe is possible — astronauts could harvest the ice and use them for future moon missions.
Data from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter pinpointed the pits on the northeastern floor of the, which is at about 72 degrees north latitude. Each pit is about 50 to 100 feet across (15 to 30 meters) ...

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