Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

I Could ice exist in Lunar lava tubes?

  1. Feb 20, 2017 #1


    User Avatar

  2. jcsd
  3. Feb 20, 2017 #2


    User Avatar

    I did a bit of research and answered my own question. No is the answer.
    Basically, it would have to have a constant steady input of water vapour (basically a thin atmosphere), or much colder temperatures.
  4. Feb 21, 2017 #3

    stefan r

    User Avatar
    Gold Member

    My impression was that the water found on the moon was adsorbed in the regolith. On earth, clay retains water molecules at higher temperatures.

    The basin at the south pole might have lava tubes. The inside of tubes on the poles should be colder than tubes at the equator.

    Honestly I do not know what is on the surface of a lunar lava tube. It must have a surface. Would be nice to have a sample.
Share this great discussion with others via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook

Have something to add?
Draft saved Draft deleted