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Mission to visit Moon's south pole by 2016


Posted on Sunday, 21 July, 2013 | Comment icon 18 comments


Image credit: Moon Express

 
The unmanned privately funded mission could see a telescope set up on top of a lunar mountain.

The $100 million price tag would be funded by the International Lunar Observatory Association (LRO) and Moon Express who will work together to install two radio antennae and an optical telescope at the peak of a crater known as Malapert. Once set up the telescope would be able to provide the clearest ever images of our own galaxy because it will not be subjected to the haze of the Earth's atmosphere.

Moon Express are a start-up with high aspirations when it comes to space exploration. In the future they hope to aim towards sending a rover to the Moon as well as to become commercially viable by extracting minerals and metals from the lunar surface and returning them to the Earth.

"The launch of Manís first-ever mission to the Moonís south pole was announced by two private US companies which plan to set telescopes on top of a lunar mountain as early as 2016."

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Comment icon #9 Posted by Sundew on 21 July, 2013, 22:27
Yes, you can do a simple experiment to visualize what happens. In a darkened room take a lamp, remove the shade, have a friend hold a ball in their hand (anything from a tennis ball to a volley ball, whatever) and walk around the lamp while you remain stationary just below the light bulb so as not to block the "sun". You can see the phase that the moon exhibits easily this way. If you color one side of the ball you can and always keep that side toward you, you can see not only the "light side of moon" but the "dark side" as well goes through the same phases of... [More]
Comment icon #10 Posted by bigjonalien on 21 July, 2013, 23:04
Cover the true reason. Just like the whaling. For scientific research! Yeah ok.Ow and whilst were here lets do some mining. All for galactic conquest :)
Comment icon #11 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 21 July, 2013, 23:36
The article did. That you chose not to believe it is your problem. That's total and utter nonsense. Why would they lie about it? When the time comes for commercial lunar mining then the companies that attempt it will be open about it, just as those who have started up with the intention of mining are open about it now. This is a small research craft. No mining is involved, unless you have discovered how to mine using a telescope, I'd be interested to learn how that works. The vehicle has no ability to return material to the Earth so even if there is some magical way to mine usin... [More]
Comment icon #12 Posted by danielost on 22 July, 2013, 0:02
I have to agree with dwarf. Whaling came long before research real or fake came along. First for food then oil then research.
Comment icon #13 Posted by pallidin on 22 July, 2013, 0:40
Sorry, my bad.
Comment icon #14 Posted by shrooma on 22 July, 2013, 1:27
after seeing Moonshadow's comment, and having some vague childhood memory of the russians sending a probe to the far (not dark) side of the moon (they were the first to land on the moon, but not the far side.) i came across this page- . http://m.wisegeek.com/why-does-the-same-side-of-the-moon-always-face-the-earth.htm . and thank christ i chose this site instead of that one. some of the comments on there had me spitting coffee with hilarity! i honestly didn't know people could be so preposterously stoopid!! *insert OMFG smiley here*
Comment icon #15 Posted by danielost on 22 July, 2013, 1:40
Almost all moons are gravity locked in our system. One planet venus actually has a longer day than a year.
Comment icon #16 Posted by EtherialNight on 22 July, 2013, 1:56
Everyone including the Govt's of nations like and know that the Japanese whaling expeditions are nothing to do with scientific research! So much whale meat is being made into pet food in Japan. An endangered species being made into pet food, I'm not the only one on the planet to have a huge issue with this.
Comment icon #17 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 22 July, 2013, 13:56
This is about as off topic as it is possible to be. Whaling has nothing to do with lunar exploration. Feel free to start your own topic giving your views on whaling but please don't hijack this thread for that purpose. Thank you.
Comment icon #18 Posted by The New Richard Nixon on 22 July, 2013, 15:39
and that somehow is connected to the Moon because?


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