Scientists Just Found The Perfect Spot To Build An Underground Colony On The Moon

For years, scientists have wondered if dark, crater-like features on the lunar surface might be entrances to giant caverns carved long ago by flowing lava. Researchers from Japan and the United States have uncovered new evidence to prove that these features actually exist -- which is good news for future lunar colonists looking for a convenient and safe place to live.

The Marius Hills Skylight, as observed by the Japanese SELENE/Kaguya research team. (Image: NASA/Goddard/Arizona State University)

New research published in Geophysical Research Letters shows that several pits located near the Marius Hill region of the Moon are large open lava tubes and that these ancient caverns have the potential to offer, in the words of the researchers, a "pristine environment to conduct scientific examination of the Moon's composition and potentially serve as secure shelters for humans and instruments".

The team, which included scientists from NASA and Japan's space agency, JAXA, combined radar and gravity data to make the finding.

No doubt, these caverns would be perfect for aspiring lunar colonists. Inside these large holes, humans would be protected from the Sun's dangerous rays, and other hazards. The Moon has no atmosphere to speak of, so these "instant" shelters would be extremely advantageous.

Our future home? A view of the eastern Marius Hills, with the Marius crater at top right. (Image: NASA/Lunar Orbiter 2)

For years, scientists have suspected that these lunar features were lava tubes -- naturally occurring channels that form when lava turns into a hard crust. Millions of years ago, when the Moon experienced volcanic activity, flowing lava carved the surface, and when these channels drained, they oftentimes left a hollow void behind. Previous research showed that these caverns, should they exist, would be stable enough for subterranean lunar bases.

JAXA scientists analysed radar data from the SELENE spacecraft, which was designed to study the origins of the Moon and its geological history. As this new study shows, this instrument is also good for detecting lunar lava tubes, which it does by bouncing radar off the lunar surface. By peppering the entrances to these suspected caverns with radar bursts, the scientists were able to detect a distinctive echo pattern, where a decrease in echo power was followed by a second large echo peak.

This pattern was the smoking gun, signifying the presence of a floor and a ceiling of a lava tube. Because the scientists found several similar echo patterns at locations nearby, there may be more than one lava tube.

And it just so happens that this area corresponds to locations where NASA, through its GRAIL mission, was able to identify mass deficits -- that is, locations on the lunar surface where mass appears to be reduced or missing, which GRAIL detects as slightly less gravity.

Philadelphia is shown inside a theoretical lunar lava tube. (Image: Purdue University/David Blair)

By combining the SELENE and GRAIL data, the team was able to not just prove the presence of a lava hole, but also the depth and height of the cavity. And it's big -- extending for several kilometers in length, and at least one kilometer in height and width.

Quite suddenly, the Moon seems like a more welcoming place. It's time for us to go back.

[Geophysical Research Letters]

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    Only one issue here.....the moon interior is already inhabited, as are most planetary bodies in our solar system. Good luck with your underground base though. Too funny.

      Little less of the Kool-aid next time.......

        Have a look for a book by a Russian scientist that talks about the hollow moon. Its fascinating. Many people who have reported ET abduction have talked about flying on ships inside the moon. There are whistle blowers who talked about the US secret space program who have a lot to say about the bases inside the moon. There is video footage and photos of craft around the moon as well. Not to mention astronauts who talked about seeing craft on the moon when they went there. Don't dismiss things until you do your research. There is so much going on in our solar system that different factions don't want the general public to know about .

          Reading stuff on the internet or in obscure books is not "doing your research". Anyone can say just about anything on the internet, and most of it is garbage, and books are generally not peer-reviewed for factual accuracy, they're edited for marketability. "Research" means looking at a several different sources of evidence and - at the very least - critically assessing them for plausibility, and trying to think of alternative explanations. Reading stuff on the internet is study, not research, so may I suggest you start by studying the wikipedia page for "Occam's Razor".

            Reading on the internet is study, not research
            Great quote, I have to remember that one. I always find it fascinating how people literally think they can conduct science by looking up and comparing links online.
            Fuckin conspiracy theorists... their a psychiatrists wet dream.

          Whats that old saying?

          "You just went full retard, Never go full retard"

      Yeah, the Nazis still frequent the underground bases they built there before WWII. They have human clone technology down to a fine art. The lower gravity has something to do with the much shorter gestation period it takes to produce a fully formed specimen. Just science really.

    Bit late to the party..........The Nazi's have been up on the dark side since 1945!!

    Source: Iron Sky 2012

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