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Lava tubes - Potential shelters for habitats. [on moon]
Author and Affiliation:
Horz, F.(NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX, United States)
Abstract: Natural caverns occur on the moon in the form of 'lava tubes', which are the drained conduits of underground lava rivers. The inside dimensions of these tubes measure tens to hundreds of meters, and their roofs are expected to be thicker than 10 meters. Consequently, lava tube interiors offer an environment that is naturally protected from the hazards of radiation and meteorite impact. Further, constant, relatively benign temperatures of -20 C prevail. These are extremely favorable environmental conditions for human activities and industrial operations. Significant operational, technological, and economical benefits might result if a lunar base were constructed inside a lava tube.
Publication Date: Jan 01, 1985
Document ID:
19860045409
(Acquired Nov 28, 1995)
Accession Number: 86A30147
Subject Category: LUNAR AND PLANETARY EXPLORATION
Document Type: Conference Proceedings
Publication Information: (SEE A86-30113)
Publisher Information: United States
Financial Sponsor: NASA; United States
Organization Source: NASA Johnson Space Center; Houston, TX, United States
Description: 8p; In English
Distribution Limits: Unclassified; Publicly available; Unlimited
Rights: Copyright
NASA Terms: LUNAR BASES; SITE SELECTION; SPACE HABITATS; UNDERGROUND STRUCTURES; CAVES; LAVA; RADIATION SHIELDING
Imprint And Other Notes: IN: Lunar bases and space activities of the 21st century (A86-30113 13-14). Houston, TX, Lunar and Planetary Institute, 1985, p. 405-412.
Availability Source: Other Sources
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