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Lunar Pits Maintain Surprisingly Comfy Temperatures

Sam Zlotnik 

View from above of a pit crater in an area of the Moon called Mare Tranquillitatis, or ‘Sea of Tranquility’. NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University The Moon is known for its extreme surface conditions, with temperatures dipping well below negative 200 degrees Fahrenheit at night and above 200 degrees Fahrenheit during the day. But the harsh lunar environment just started looking a bit more welcoming after a recent discovery found that the satellite’s underground caves and pits keep a consistent temperature around 63 degrees.

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