NASA just gave out a brand new round of grants for some innovative space projects. One of them that’s worth mentioning is a project that plans to fit a 1 km (3,281 foot) radio telescope inside a crater on the far side of the Moon.
It’s been revealed that the Lunar Crater radio Telescope (LCRT) would have the ability to measure wavelengths and frequencies that cannot be detected from earth. This device would be able to work unobstructed by the ionosphere or the various other bits of radio noise that is surrounding Earth.
If these bold plans were to become a reality, this would be the largest filled aperture radio telescope in the whole Solar System.
“LCRT could enable tremendous scientific discoveries in the field of cosmology by observing the early universe in the 10–50m wavelength band (6–30MHz frequency band), which has not been explored by humans to date,” writes robotics technologist Saptarshi Bandyopadhyay of the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), as cited by Science Alert.
The project would be automated – no human operators needed
The plan includes the fact that Moon rovers would be pulling out a wire mesh 1 km across inside a lunar crater that could be up to 5 km in diameter.
It’s also worth noting that there would be a suspended receiver in the center of the crater that would complete this whole system.
All of this could be automated without the need of human operators, and this could mean a lighter and less costly payload for the project.
It’s not clear year which one of the Moon’s crater would be used for the job. We recommend that you check out the original article in order to learn more details about this exciting project.
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