Giant chamber on the moon discovered, perfect for a future base

Moon Cave Base Coming Soon

The Indian Space Research Organization has discovered a massive underground chamber near the moon’s equator, one that would be perfect for housing a moon base. A moon base!

Discovered by the Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft, this chamber is more than one mile long and 393 feet wide. There would be lots of benefits to building a moon base in there, mainly for protection from the nastiness of the surface of the moon. It’d provide a nearly constant temperature of minus 4 degrees Fahrenheit, unlike the surface, which fluctuates between 266 degrees and minus 292 degrees. And it would provide protection from radiation, micro-meteor impacts and dust.

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We’re heading back to the moon in 2012 (well, a robot is, anyway)

Luanch!!! NOOO I SAID LUNCH!!!

A private company aims to send a robotic lander and rover to the lunar surface as soon as December of next year on a Falcon 9 rocket.

Astrobotic Technology Inc., a spinoff of Carnegie Mellon University, announced its contract with SpaceX Sunday. The Falcon 9’s upper stage will slingshot Astrobotic’s spacecraft on a four-day trip to the moon. Astrobotic’s lander will enter lunar orbit, align itself and land autonomously, using guidance systems designed for driverless cars.

The rover will explore the moon for three months, operating continuously during the day and hibernating at night.

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