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Researchers find lava tubes on Moon with hidden tunnel that might contain water

A large crater on Moon has holes or pits that might possess secret tunnels which could lead to the Moon’s polar ice, according to a new study. As per the study, the small pits found on the big crater in Moon’s North Pole are nothing but skylights that leads down to an underground network of Lava tubes. Many scientists have claimed that these lava tubes hold water inside them in the form of ice. So, if these latest skylights lead to passages into the moon’s interior, then there is chance that ice deposits could be reached more quickly than previously thought.

The latest strange holes on Moon’s North Pole were discovered by scientists of SETI institute and Mars institute after going through the imagery data collected by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO). The main aim of LRO is to detect any type of gaps and openings present in the moon’s dusty surface. The strange skylights spotted in the Philolaus Crater on Moon’s North pole are believed to the holes in the ceilings of lava tubes. Millions of years ago, when Moon was in its active state, man volcanic eruptions had taken place giving rise to the lava tubes. But, at present, Moon is believed to be dry and dusty cosmic object, and the lava tubes have become empty tunnels.

According to scientists, these empty tunnels could lead us to the moon’s interiors where ice is believed to be present. Study author Pascal Lee, a planetary scientist at the SETI Institute said that the high-resolution images available for Philolaus Crater do not give 100 percent certainty about the small pits being identified as lava tube skylights. According to him, their team is looking at good candidates by considering at a time their shape, size, lighting conditions and geologic setting.

Till date, scientists have discovered around 200 lava tube skylights, but all of them were spotted near the equator, but they got to know that these skylights do not have rims. This indicates that these openings were not caused by any impacts. But the latest skylights discovered on Moon were found to be much closure to the North Pole of Moon and the lunar North pole is the area where one can get watery ice. The latest study informed that the Philolaus crater containing the suspicious skylights is almost 340 miles away from the lunar North Pole and is about 72 degrees north and 32 degrees west. If humans plan to build a lunar colony in future, then this crater area containing lava tube skylights in the Moon’s north pole might prove to be potential water resource for them.

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