Giant moon cave could become home for future lunar base

Japan's lunar orbiter discovers moon cave potentially suitable for use as shelter

'But knowing these things is also important for basic science.

Originally seen in images from May 20, 2008, a possible 65 meter lunar lava tube skylight is located in the upper left corner of the moon face. Once the lava has stopped, it can sometimes form a hollow tube with hard crusts around the edges.

In a new study published this week in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, scientists confirmed the presence of a large lava tube among the Marius Hills, a series of lunar lava domes.

The experts at JAXA discovered them by using radar data from the SELENE spacecraft - a Japanese lunar orbiter - and combined it with information from GRAIL - A Nasa project to collect high quality information on the moon. With a thick shell covering it, a human settlement on the Moon could avoid the bulk of radiation bombarding the surface while being shielded from minor impacts from small meteorites.

"Our group at Purdue used the gravity data over that area to infer that the opening was part of a larger system", said Jay Melosh, a researcher on the GRAIL mission and a professor of planetary science at Purdue.

The discovery will boost plans by several countries to send astronauts to the moon, nearly half a century after the Apollo 11 mission.

'Missing' Pak journalist Zeenat Shahzadi recovered after 2 years
He was arrested for illegally entering Pakistan from Afghanistan to meet a girl he had befriended online, according to reports. Shahzadi's family suffered a tragedy in March 2016 when her teenaged brother, distraught over her kidnapping, hanged himself.

That was the first time the JAXA space agency had said it planned to send an astronaut beyond the International Space Station. Past year it said it had plans to eventually create a colony there. "We want a manned lunar landing to stay for longer periods and establish a research base".

In another sign that the USA and Soviet Union's cold war battle for supremacy has been replaced by an Asian space race, China has said it wants to conduct its first manned mission to the moon in around 2036 as part of its ambitious lunar and Mars exploration programmes.

"Our long-term goal is to explore, land, and settle [on the moon]", Wu Weiren, the chief designer of China's moon and Mars missions, told the BBC.

The open lava tube could serve like a giant bunker, providing shelter from the harsh conditions on the moon's surface.

The government of Japan announced in June its intention to send an astronaut on the Moon around 2030.

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