To the Moon: First Lunar Telescope in the Works

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The International Lunar Observatory Association is teaming up with Moon Express to put a telescope on the Moon. A telescope, on the Moon. They're planning on landing a 2-meter radio antenna/optical telescope combo on the rim of the Malapert crater at the Moon's south pole. The location minimizes harsh environmental changes, allows for direct Earth-based control, and is clear of atmospheric and radio interference. The telescope will be able to look deeper into space with much better clarity than any current devices offer. The team is looking to get their telescope to the Moon between 2016 and 2018 with a small probe test launch as early as 2015. They're also hoping this is a first step towards a manned lunar base. Moonbase Alpha, anyone?

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