Giant Underground Chamber Discovered In The Moon

Back in 2009, the Japanese Space Agency JAXA announced a moon hole deep enough to contain a small human base. Now the Indian Space Research Organization has discovered a "giant underground chamber" near the moon's equator, in the Oceanus Procellarum area.

The huge cave - discovered by the Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft - is more than 1.7km long and 120m wide. By comparison, the vertical hole that Jaxa discovered was only 65m across and 88m deep. This new chamber is big enough to contain a small lunar city or a secret Nazi base with a few thousand UFOs.

The Indian researchers have published a paper detailing their findings and talking about the possibility of making this giant underground vault as a future human base. The settlement would be protected from radiation, micro-meteor impacts, dust and extreme temperature changes by the lava structure:

Lava provides a natural environmental control with a nearly constant temperature of minus 20 degrees Celsius (-4 degrees Fahrenheit), unlike that of the lunar surface showing extreme variation, maximum of 130 degrees Celsius (266 degrees Fahrenheit) to a minimum of minus 180 degrees Celsius (-292 degrees Fahrenheit) in its diurnal (day-night) cycle.

They also point out that, since the save provides with the structure, explorers would only need minimal construction, without the added cost of having to use expensive shields against the hazardous lunar environment.

If humans ever colonize this chamber, I hope they call the city Attilan. [Silicon India]


Comments

    So would it be airtight? Or would air escape through like, porous rocks and dust?

      Air would definitely slowly escape. Metal panels that don't need to provide structural support and thus could be cheap and easy to construct should fix that though. In fact they'd need to do something like that too to provide some extra insulation so heat doesn't leak as fast. -20C ain't too awesome to be walking around in lol

        ahhh... I was thinking the 'saving' would be on structure itself, but I guess only on support and loadbearing, which would be a saving in itself.

        cool!

          I would have thought a plastic airtight balloon deal would be cheaper!! #]

          *cave provides the structure* perhaps?

    We've known the moon is hollow for years! There is a cool old book called 'Our spaceship Moon'

    I remember the moon even rings like a bell when they dropped some space junk on it and that there are some weird structures that have been photographed that look artificial. Plus the size of it and it's orbit stink of engineering and being parked there. Did you know that the disc size of the moon and sun as viewed from earth is identical (why we have eclipses). Eclipses like this happen no where else in the observable universe! -TRUE!

      Wonders of the Universe FTMFW!

    Or we could just get all Space:1999 on it and check out the universe :)

    - Doomsday Ark' to be Housed on the Moon -A Remote Access Toolkit to Rebuild the Human Race... VIDEO: Strange building found on Google Moon... Mini Magnetic Shield Found on the Moon... Tunnels on moon can habitate humans... STRANGE ANOMALY DISCOVERED ON MOON IN NASA PHOTO:
    http://cristiannegureanu.blogspot.com/2010/11/some-say-moon-photos-show-signs-of.html

    So deploy a fleet of remote controlled, semi-autonomous tonka trucks to smooth and excavate the cave, and then fill with inflatable habitats. Use inflatable solar crucibles to ablate and glassify lunar regolith for materials, gases, water. Set up closed loop farm/power plants for vital supplies. Send up master 3d printer for printing out consumer goods. Send up retiring baby boomers - 1/6th of a G is good for the arches and the ticker! Do same for Mars - 1/3g almost as good! All the technology is already here, just needs the will, vision and guts to go.

    lets goooooooooo!!!!

    That's no moon...

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