We always want to look there. That’s why we carry our telescopes as high as possible. How far can we take them? The answer would be the telescope that will be installed on the moon. NASA is investigating a new project at the JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratory). It would be a radio telescope located in a lunar crater.
On the hidden side
Saptarshi Bandyopadhyay is a robotic technologist at JPL. The feasibility of lifting the LCRT radio telescope (Lunar Crater Radio Telescope) into a crater is being investigated. You would choose the opposite side of the moon. It is safe from human interference.
Your goal is to design a wire mesh. Small climbing robots would use a large parabolic reflector in a crater. The size would be 3 to 5 kilometers. The study seeks to refine the telescope’s capabilities and various mission approaches. This is reported by NASA.
‘It’s an ultra-long radio telescope on the other side of the moon. It has enormous advantages over ground-based telescopes. ‘Bandyopadhyay explains.
This was explained in the presentation of the project published by the US space agency. Such a telescope can observe the universe at wavelengths of more than 10 meters. It would be reflected in the earth’s ionosphere. It could indicate regions that are largely unexplored by humans.
The moon would act as a physical shield isolating the telescope. It would keep the lunar surface away from radio interference and noise. Orbiting satellites and radio noise from the sun would be avoided.
The LCRT is projected with a diameter of 1 km. It would be the largest man-made radio telescope. It could enable great scientific discoveries in the field of cosmology. The telescope that is installed on the moon can change our conception of the cosmos.
There are other projects selected by NASA for further development. Among them a swarm of small ships to study the atmosphere of Venus. Also a new landing system for celestial bodies with a low pressure atmosphere. There is talk of structures on other planets that were made with mushrooms. Yes, the imagination of scientists is as high as the stars.