ISRO finds a cave in moon : Could Be used as “Base Station”

Scientists at the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) have found out giant “caves” on moon, which they believe can be used for future prospects. The giant chambers on the moon can be utilized as a base by astronauts for the future planned missions on the moon.

Psychoanalysis by an instrument on Chandrayaan-1 unveiled a 1.7-km long and 120-metre wide cave near the moon’s equator that is in the Oceanus Procellarum area of the moon and which can be suitably used as a ‘base station’ for potential human operations.

In a research paper published in the latest issue of Current Science, scientists of Space Applications Centre in Ahmadabad said that the cave offers “a safe environment from hazardous radiations, micro-meteoritic impacts, extreme temperatures and dust storms.”

Scientists said recognizing sites for everlasting base for human settlement on the moon is significant for auxiliary journeying. They said, “Lava tubes provide a natural environmental control with a nearly constant temperature of minus 20 degrees Celsius, unlike that of the lunar surface showing extreme variation, maximum of 130 degrees Celsius to a minimum of minus 180 degrees Celsius in its diurnal (day-night) cycle.”

They believe that the lava tube provides a dust-free environment and it requires minimal construction for them to be adapted for the human use.