This could be a step towards establishing a more permanent presence on the Moon. The scientific community has long theorized that Earth’s natural satellite contains complex systems of hollow, tube-like tunnels formed by ancient lava flows.
We have limited evidence of this to date, but if such structures existed, they could provide protection against micrometeor showers and dangerous levels of radiation.
At a recent conference, Zhang Chunfeng of the Shanghai Space Flight Academy proposed exploring these lava tubes using spacecraft and lunar landers.
However, it may take years for Chinese astronauts to settle here. But China has already made significant progress in exploring the lunar surface by successfully sending several rovers to the Moon in the last decade.
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