16 April 2020

A plan for the far side of the moon


As reported by VICE:
The far side of the Moon is a land of quiet mystery. Because it always faces away from Earth, all the noisy radio transmissions that we humans blast out never reach this part of the Moon. Scientists have dreamed of capitalizing on this unique radio silence for decades, and NASA has now brought that vision one step closer to reality by funding a proposal to build a radio telescope inside a crater on the far side of the Moon...


The proposed observatory would be one kilometer in diameter, making it “the largest filled-aperture radio telescope in the solar system,” according to a NASA abstract about the concept

Not only would this telescope avoid all the radio interference produced by humans, it would also be observing the universe without the veil of an atmosphere.

1 comment:

  1. According to the link, the whole thing would be assembled by the robotic rovers in the drawing. No humans needed. Probably not in the budget right now, but maybe in the future...

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