Research by AAE Prof. Kathleen Howell among top Purdue research stories
Research conducted by a team including AAE Professor Kathleen Howell on a potential human habitat located on the moon was selected as one of the top Purdue research stories for 2017 by the Purdue News Service.
Purdue researchers, including Professor Howell and her two former PhD students Loic Chappaz and Rohan Sood, detected the potential existence of a large open lava tube in the Marius Hills region of the Moon.
Data from the Japanese Kaguya spacecraft produced evidence for the existence of a lava tube. The tube could be used to protect astronauts from hazardous conditions on the surface of the moon.
Professor Howell worked with Professor Jay Melosh from Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences.
No one has ever been on the Moon longer than three days, largely because space suits alone can’t shield astronauts from its elements: extreme temperature variation, radiation and meteorite impacts. Unlike Earth, the Moon has no atmosphere or magnetic field to protects its inhabitants. The safest place to seek shelter is the inside of an intact lava tube, according to the study.