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Telescopes on the Moon? Here's the Appeal

“All of this is futuristic, it's going to take time,” Silk said. “But in principle, there should be no reason why we can’t do this.”
One of 66 radio dishes that make up a telescope in Chile.
03_09_radio_telescope_alma Source: Martin Bernetti/AFP/Getty Images

Earth’s surface is littered with the instruments of radio astronomy: There are giant dishes or clusters of individual antennae in West Virginia, Puerto Rico, China, Chile, Australia and South Africa, among many others. But that isn’t enough to satisfy some astronomers, who dream of setting up shop at a still more exotic locale—the far side of the moon.

It sounds like a wild stunt and would be incredibly expensive to implement,

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