Surprendente: discover zones with pleasant temperatures in the interior of lunar wells

Thank you for the data obtained nave espacial Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) ya different computer models, un equipo de cientificos de la NASA aCaba de descover varias úbicaciones sombreadas located in the interior of wells in the Moon que siempre rondan los 17º C de temperaturasegún informó the aforementioned agency espacial norteamericana through its official web page.

NASA’s LRO spaceship camera took images from it Pozo Marius Hills en tres opportunidades, cada vez con una lighting very different En tanto que la imagen central, con el Sol en lo alto, les brindó a los científicos una excellente vista del soil de la fosa Marius Hills, que tiene approximately unos 34 meters de profundidad y entre unos 65 a 90 meters de wide.

Almost 16 of the more than 200 wells are probably lava tubes collapsed“, he explained Tyler Horvath, estudiante de doctorado en Ciencias Planetarias en la Universidad de California in Los Angeles, United States.

“Los pozos y las cuevas serian lugares térmicamente estables para la exploración lunar compared to zonas en la surface de la Luna, que se calientan hasta los 127º C durante el día y se enfría a -173º C for the night“, added the principal author of the investigation that was published recently in the magazine Geophysical Research Letters.

To carry out the study, Horvath and his collaborators took it as a reference depression approximately 100 meters deep located in an area of ​​the Moon known as Mare Tranquillitatisand used diverse computer models with the objective of analyzing tanto las thermal properties of the rock and the lunar powdercomo así también, to register las temperatures del pozo a lo largo del tiempo.

Los results revelaron que las temperature dentro de los alcances permanently sombreados del pozo Fluctúan solo levemente durante el día lunarpermaneciendo alrededor de 17º C. “If a cave extends from the bottom of the well, as suggested by the images taken by the LRO camera, it would also have a relatively comfortable temperature”, Horvath pointed out.

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Si bien The first wells on the Moon were discovered in 2009todavía hoy los científicos no han logrado determinar si conducen a cuevas que podrianse explorarse o usarse como refugio, y si son capaces de ofrecer algun tipo de protection against cosmic rays, solar radiation and micro meteorites.

“Los pozos lunares son una The fascinating characteristic of the lunar surfacey saber que crean un entronto térmico stable nos ayuda a pintar una imagen de estas unique lunares caracteristics y la perspective de explorarlas algun día”, commented the scientist who participated in the LRO project Noah Petro of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

“Los humanos evolved living in cavesya las cuevas podríamos regresar cuando vivamos en la Luna“, he pointed out David Paige, coauthor of the article that directs the Lunar Diviner Radiometer Experiment on board the LRO that carried out the temperature measurements employed in the investigation.

It can be recalled that, since its launch on June 18, 2009, LRO has managed to gather an important and valuable amount of data, thanks to the 7 powerful instruments with those that are endowed“lo que es una invaluable contribution a nuestro conocimiento sobre la Luna”, concluded Horvath.

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