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New data potentially confirms presence of intact lava tubes on the Moon

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Speculation about the presence of lava tube caves on the Moon has been around since the Apollo era. However, it wasn't until the discovery of several lunar pits/voids in mare units that there were locations to focus studies with geophysical instruments. This paper potentially confirms results from the NASA GRAIL gravity mission about the presence of intact lava tubes. Data from the SELENE Lunar Radar Sounder provided new information regarding the possible size and depth of a cave/tube in the Marius Hills. Dreams of putting people into lava tubes on the Moon have been ongoing for decades, and this work is an important step in turning that dream into reality.


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