The existence of lava tubes on the moon has long been suspected, but now Japanese scientists have confirmed a finding. This is a major finding, as it makes founding a moon colony a more interesting possibility.
The cavern is 50 km long, and some 100 metres wide.
Where there is one, there may well be others hidden in the shadows! CPL
Scientists at Japan’s space agency have discovered a huge moon cave that could one day house a base that would shelter astronauts from dangerous radiation and wild temperature swings, officials said Thursday.
Data taken from Japan’s SELENE lunar orbiter has confirmed the existence of the 50 kilometre (31 miles) long and 100 metre wide cavern that is believed to be lava tube created by volcanic activity about 3.5 billion years ago.