On the Moon, three huge vertical holes (several tens to a hundred meters in diameter and depth) were discovered in SELENE (nicknamed Kaguya) Terrain Camera data of 10 m pixel resolution. These holes are probably skylights of underground large caverns such as lava tubes, or magma chambers. The huge holes and their associated subsurface caverns are among the most important future exploration targets from the viewpoint of constructing lunar bases and many scientific aspects. We are now planning to explore the caverns through the skylight holes. We name the project as UZUME (Unprecedented Zipangu (Japan) Underworld of the Moon Exploration).
European Planetary Science Congress
- Pub Date:
- April 2014