Progress made toward lunar liquid mirror telescope

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Progress made toward lunar liquid mirror telescope

Postby TerraFrost » Sat Jun 23, 2007 7:59 pm

Scientists have taken a giant leap toward making possible the dream of building a powerful telescope on the moon that could withstand even the harshest of lunar conditions.

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Space telescopes get around limitations of Earth based ones. I guess Moon-based telescopes will get around limitations Space based ones have![/u]
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Postby Dracofrost » Sun Jun 24, 2007 12:03 am

Yes. There are certainly benefits to a telescope being in a gravity field. Also, if you have a nearby moon base, it's easier to get to for repairs. A lunar based radio telescope has the huge advantage over even a space based one of having the moon between it and all of the radio chatter from earth.

Geeze... 66 to 300something feet across. Hubble's less than 10 feet across and look at the images we get from it.
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