September 26, 2017
The first colonists on the moon and Mars could live in underground caves created by volcanic activity, according to new research.
The caves – known as lava tubes – would provide a natural shelter from cosmic radiation and meteorite strikes for astronauts who set up colonies on our nearest celestial neighbours in the future.
Experts hope the research will help the European Space Agency to realise its dreams of an initial lunar base in 2030, which could house ‘thousands’ of colonists by 2050.
wo separate teams of researchers have been working on ways to exploit these lava tubes.
They are found in many volcanic areas on Earth, including Lanzarote, Hawaii, Iceland, North Queensland in Australia, Sicily and the Galapagos islands.
This article was posted: Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 7:51 am