A Lunar Crater Radio Telescope on the moon’s far side, a proposed idea funded by the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) program.
Image credit: Volodymyr Vustyansky


Space scientists are eager to protect the option of doing astronomy from Earth’s Moon.

What’s foreseen in future years is planting hardware on the lunar landscape such as super-cooled infrared telescopes, a swath of gravitational wave detectors, large Arecibo-like radio telescopes, even peek-a-boo instruments tuned-up to seek out evidence for “out there” aliens.

Lunar Surface Electromagnetics Experiment-Night (LuSEE-Night) to probe the “Dark Ages” of the early Universe.
Image credit: Firefly Aerospace

Tomorrow land beckons

But the urgency to save from harm probing the surrounding Universe by Moon -based astronomical gear looms as a present-day issue.

Efforts are ongoing to scope out and provide protection plans to the United Nations in the hope of fostering international support.

Go to my new Space.com story – “The moon could be perfect for cutting-edge telescopes — but not if we don’t protect it: ‘We are entering a new era of science investigations from our nearest neighbor in space.’” – at:


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