The NASA It has chosen the advanced concept of the JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratory) radio telescope in a lunar crater for further research and development, along with six other projects.
Saptarshi Bandyopadhyay, robotics technologist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, will continue to investigate the feasibility of lifting the LCRT (Lunar Crater Radio Telescope) into a volcano’s crater On the other side of the moon, Safe from human interference.
His goal is to design a wire mesh that small climbing robots can deploy to form a large parabolic reflector in a 3 to 5 km crater. The study, which is now entering phase two with additional funding, will focus on improving the telescope’s capabilities and approaches to various missions, according to NASA reports.
“The very long wavelength radio telescope on the far side of the moon has tremendous advantages over ground-based and Earth-orbiting telescopes,” explains Saptarchi Bandiupadhyay.
In the presentation of the project, published by the US Space Agency, it was also said that such a telescope can observe the universe with wavelengths greater than 10 meters, which is reflected in the ionosphere in the ionosphere. Earth So far, humans haven’t discovered it to a large extent.
It has also been explained Colors It serves as a physical shield that isolates the telescope from radio interference, noise from Earth and ionosphere sources, satellites in Earth’s orbit, and radio noise from the sun during the lunar night.
The LCRT, which has a diameter of one kilometer, will be the largest radio telescope ever made by man, And could enable huge scientific discoveries in the field of cosmology by looking at the early universe.
Other projects that I choose NASA For further development include the neutrino detector outside Earth, A swarm of small spacecraft to study the atmosphere of Venus, a new landing system for celestial bodies with low atmospheric pressure, cubic satellites powered by solar sails to explore the solar system and interstellar space, structures on other planets made of fungi, and fast satellites. Small asteroids site.