Strange warm moon pits have the best conditions for astronauts

The moon’s surface is pockmarked with hundreds of little pits, each about the size of a large building, and it may not be just the pits’ size that would feel 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) across, could offer future astronauts and moon-dwellers shelter from the extreme conditions on the moon‘s surface.

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