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Sharpest image yet of a lava tube "skylight" on the Moon
This detailed photo by Lunar Reconnaissance
Orbiter shows a lava tube "skylight" collapse pit on the Moon. It is
about 100 meters across which fits the expected scale of such features.
Sunlight reveals the rubble from the ceiling collapse on the tube
floor. The list of skylights found by Kaguya and LRO keeps
growing. The "Lunar Underground" could consist of many networks of
tubes with a total length of many thousands of miles. These features
are found in mare lava flows only, so that there will be none near
either of the highland-locked poles. The Moon is not just a rubble pile
any more! Being near an accessible lava tube would be an enormous asset
for any settlement or outpost with growth ambitions. More...
The Moon's Alpine Valley: future transportation corridor or geological and scenic treasure?
The Moon's unique Alpine Valley could become
a future high-traffic transportation short-cut through the Lunar Alps
between Mare Imbrium (The Sea of Rain, lower left) and Mare Frigoris
(Sea of Cold, above) or should it be preserved as one of a kind scenic
and geological treasure to be protected? The Moon Society has taken
steps to begin a discussion on how best to preserve the Moon's beauty
and yet develop the promise of lunar materials to help address some of
Earth's own most pressing problems. An introduction to these issues has
been printed in the summer issue of Selenology Quarterly, published by
our affiliate, The American Lunar Society, a group of amateur
astronomers who especially enjoy observing the Moon. Our goal is to
reach an international agreement on the needed protocols prior to
readdressing the Moon Treaty. More...
Coining new words and giving old words new meanings
From the very early years of Moon Miners'
Manifesto, we have had some criticism for coining new words, and for
giving some old words new meanings. "Readers will be confused!" But we
reject this criticism. Every frontier-settling experience has brought
with it many new words and new meanings for old words. This is
inevitable, as every frontier is not only geologically and
biologically different, but it brings out new ways to be human, to
realize the amazingly bottomless potential within ourselves. And our
frontier expansion has just begun! Explore our Glossary!
It's a great way to explore the wide range of topics and ideas covered
in the past 24 years of Moon Miners'
Manifesto with 300 plus entries and growing.