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(Wired)   Private investors want to put a telescope on the moon. Should be able to see the moon landing sites a lot better   (wired.com) divider line 19
    More: Cool, optical telescopes, telescopes, moon landings, angel investor, private spaceflight, lunar south pole, International Labour Organization, investors  
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2013-07-19 10:33:38 PM
Point it at Area 51.  Checkmate.
 
2013-07-19 10:52:08 PM
Dumb idea, The moon has a, albeit minimal, gravity well. This will affect the quality of the porn you pull in from the Arachnid Quarantine Zone.
 
2013-07-19 11:00:52 PM
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Two score and four years ago, our fathers first "landed" on the moon!
 
2013-07-20 12:23:26 AM
You can see a movie set from the moon?
 
2013-07-20 01:53:36 AM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: You can see a movie set from the moon?


lol
 
2013-07-20 03:43:19 AM
I read this as "private investigators".
 
2013-07-20 04:01:56 AM

RedPhoenix122: I read this as "private investigators".


I did too, and i read the headline 4 times.
 
2013-07-20 04:41:25 AM
considering lease deal with off planet investors
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2013-07-20 06:08:29 AM
I propose we call it the Sharon telescope. Obscure?
 
2013-07-20 06:30:47 AM
If they do, I'm gonna moon the moon, so they can see my moon from the moon.

/yo dawg
 
2013-07-20 06:33:24 AM
Pfft, they should put a CHA on it.
 
2013-07-20 10:20:24 AM

log_jammin: RedPhoenix122: I read this as "private investigators".

I did too, and i read the headline 4 times.


Me, three - but it actually works in the context
 
2013-07-20 10:53:03 AM
Is there a reason a moon-based telescope is any better than just a plain old (and much cheaper) orbiting telescope?
 
2013-07-20 11:10:14 AM
I read that as 'pirate investors' and was both confused and excited.
 
2013-07-20 11:21:51 AM

stamped human bacon: Is there a reason a moon-based telescope is any better than just a plain old (and much cheaper) orbiting telescope?


You put it on the far side of the moon, and then you have yourself a very large shield...specifically from earthshine and terrestrial broadcasts. Of course, you'd have to have something else orbiting the moon, otherwise you'd never be able to send the images back to Earth.
 
2013-07-20 11:26:01 AM

stamped human bacon: Is there a reason a moon-based telescope is any better than just a plain old (and much cheaper) orbiting telescope?


Apart from being physically more robust -- though that's tough because it's so much more expensive to take equipment to the moon than low orbit -- I can't think of a reason.
/ Space telescopes in orbit at L2 are better than both
 
2013-07-20 12:21:32 PM
yea,  "Private Investors".   they'll buy the Telescope,etc,  and the taxpayer will foot the other 90% of the bill getting it there.


but its not Socialism.  its Freedom.
 
2013-07-20 01:46:17 PM

stamped human bacon: Is there a reason a moon-based telescope is any better than just a plain old (and much cheaper) orbiting telescope?


The only thing I can come up with (from a business perspective) is they want to demonstrate their ability to put shiat on the moon so they can attract clients for other missions - the telescope group was the first one willing to give them the time of day.

But yeah, there has to be a damn good REASON to incorporate all of the complexities of a lander in to the craft and it seems to be there are LOTS of better orbiting places for a telescope like that.
 
2013-07-21 03:37:34 AM
The problem is that you'd be out of commission for 30 days at a time while you were pointed toward the sun.
 
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