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Finding and utilizing lunar lava tubesHorz describes the evidence for lava tubes associated with rills in lunar photoimaging. These tubes have terrestrial counterparts as described by Billings, et al., and Gillet. The widths of these tubes range from 10s to 100s of meters. Their roof thickness are at least 0.125 to 0.25 times their widths and stand unsupported on the Moon. To confine one atmosphere of internal pressure, static roof thickness must be at least 16 m. Favorable locations of lava tubes may be surveyed using roving gravity meters on Doodle Bugs, which consist of platforms containing equipment for communication with Earth-based control stations. The stable -20 C temperature of the lava tubes should provide a workable habitat environment. The greater than 16 m of basalt in the roof should give adequate radiation and impact protection. Typically, after clearing entries and grading ramps, habitats might be placed in tubes and inflated. Later, larger habitats might be built by enclosing tube sections with compacted-regolith dams. The interior can then be sealed to hold an atmosphere. The huge lava tubes inferred from the photographs are capable of providing habitats hundreds of meters wide, in lengths of kilometers.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Legacy CDMS
Document Type
Conference Paper
Kuck, David L.
(Kuck (David L.) Oracle, AZ, United States)
Date Acquired
September 6, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1991
Publication Information
Publication: Arizona Univ., Resources of Near-Earth Space: Abstracts
Subject Category
Lunar And Planetary Exploration
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Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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