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Lava tubes: the hidden sites for future human habitats on the Moon and Mars

24 Sep 2017, 01:01 UTC
Lava tubes: the hidden sites for future human habitats on the Moon and Mars NASA/U. Trento

Lava tubes, underground caves created by volcanic activity, could provide protected habitats large enough to house streets on Mars or even towns on the Moon, according to research presented at the European Planetary Science Congress (EPSC) 2017 in Riga. A further study shows how the next generation of lunar orbiters will be able to use radar to locate these structures under the Moon’s surface.

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