Strange hot lunar pits provide best conditions for astronauts

The moon’s surface is dotted with hundreds of small pits, each the size of a tall building, and it might not just be the size of the pits that would look familiar to an astronaut.

Now, scientists have measured the temperature inside one of those pits at a temperate 63 degrees Fahrenheit (17 degrees Celsius). The mild conditions are a sign that such pits, which can be up to 490 feet (150 meters) in diameter, could offer future astronauts and moon dwellers shelter from the extreme conditions on the moonthe surface.

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