NASA intends to transform the lunar crater into a giant telescope

(ORDO NEWS) — One of the features of the project is that it is planned to be implemented without human intervention.

NASA presented a list of works selected as part of the implementation of innovative space projects, the authors of which will receive a total of $ 7 million for the implementation of the next stages.

One of the projects is the creation of a radio telescope in a crater on the far side of the moon.

According to experts, the Lunar Crater Radio Telescope (LCRT) located in the crater will be able to conduct observations on waves that are inaccessible from the Earth (atmospheric and near-Earth communications, as well as the ionosphere reflecting long radio waves, interfere with their operation).

It is assumed that the LCRT instrument will conduct observations of the early Universe on radio waves with a length of 10-50 meters (6-30 MHz). It will be the world’s largest telescope with a single antenna, which will completely occupy a crater with a diameter of 3 to 5 kilometers (currently the largest such radio telescope – Chinese FAST – has a diameter of 500 meters).

Another feature of the project is that it is planned to be implemented without human intervention. All work will have to be performed by a robotic mission, which will consist of several devices.

One of them will be located in the center of the crater, and the other will begin to stretch the radio antenna wires from it to the edges of the selected crater.

Work on the project involves three phases, and the transition to each next stage will be accompanied by a new selection stage. Currently, the LCRT project has entered the first phase and received funding in the amount of 125 thousand dollars. Now the authors of the project have 9 months to finally evaluate its feasibility, clarify technical details and provide for various difficulties.


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