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Questions tagged [lava-tubes]

Tubular voids beneath the ground created when lava flows drain away. The Moon and Mars are theorized to have possibly many and very large ones, suitable for conversion to habitats as they protect from radiation and can be easily sealed.

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Are there any past or present plans or proposals to explore martian lava tubes?

Lava tubes on Mars are the prime target for human or robotic missions. They provide protection from radiation, surface conditions, and are thought to have stable internal temperatures. Lava tubes are ...
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What potential characteristics can be reasonably discussed about a hypothetical Martian microbial ecosystem in lava tubes? [closed]

Based on their hypothetical origin in lava tubes, what characteristics of hypothetical Martian lava tube microbes can we reasonably extrapolate? Could we theorize how different microbe species might ...
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How livable would a lunar lava tube be?

Assuming the recently discovered lava tube is exactly what scientists think it might be, and assuming you could build 2 walls and a door in side the lava tube, and assuming you filled it with a ...
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Does the temperature near the surface of the Moon rise rather quickly with depth?

I have heard presentations on lunar lava tubes that estimated the temperatures of the ground surrounding them as being well below zero. An article in NASA Science News says this: Once you get down ...