Artist illustration of the LuSEE DAPPER craft on the lunar surface
The Lunar Frontier

Oct. 18, 2021

From Sky & Telescope: Radio wavelengths give astronomers access to an unseen universe, from stellar flares to jets launched from supermassive black holes. But arguably, we have yet to take advantage of the best place in the inner solar system for low-frequency radio astronomy: the Moon. The lunar farside always...

Robot lays out an antenna on the lunar surface. Credit- Lunar Resources
Moon’s Far Side: New Observatories Proposed

Sept. 24, 2021

From Leonard David’s Inside Outer Space: Earth’s Moon is being eyed as an on-location locale for operating unique and novel observatories. The just-concluded NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) symposium was the setting for reviewing several NIAC-backed studies. One concept outlined at NIAC is the Lunar Crater Radio Telescope (LCRT) on...

Schrödinger crater on the Moon’s far side is a target for a seismometer and a radio telescope. Photo Credit: NASA GSFC Scientific Visualization Studio
The Coming Lunar Armada: A fleet of NASA-funded startups will soon begin to land on the Moon

Sept. 9, 2021

From Science: Next year, NASA’s first mission to the lunar surface in 50 years will be run from an unlikely place: a low-slung building wedged between fast-food joints just off the Ohio River. This unassuming former data center in Pittsburgh is the new home of Astrobotic, one of a few...

ages”—the few hundred million years after the Big Bang but before stars were formed. They’re reflected by Earth’s ionosphere. Photo by: VLADIMIR VUSTYANSKY
It’s Time NASA Built A ‘Cosmic Dawn’ Telescope On The Moon—And It Has Four Astonishing Plans To Choose From

July 28, 2021

From Forbes: Let’s do astronomy from the Moon. Spurred on by the collapse of the Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico, the continuing degradation of the night sky by light pollution and the coming era of mega-constellations of satellites come four projects that seek to take astronomy to the Moon’s...

Photo of Jack Burns with SOS Moon in the background
Astrophysicist elected to International Academy of Astronautics

July 21, 2021

From CU Colorado Arts and Sciences Magazine: Jack O. Burns, a professor of astrophysics and professor of physics at the University of Colorado Boulder, has been elected to the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), the group has announced. Membership in the exclusive organization requires election by academy peers. IAA members...

Illustration of a radio telescope in a lunar crater by Vladimir Vustyansky.
NASA Might Put a Huge Telescope on the Far Side of the Moon

June 15, 2021

From WIRED: The universe is constantly beaming its history to us. For instance: Information about what happened long, long ago, contained in the long-length radio waves that are ubiquitous throughout the universe, likely hold the details about how the first stars and black holes were formed. There’s a problem, though...

Illustration of radio telescope on the Moon. Credit NASA/JPL
NASA eyes moon's dark side for astronomy, new telescopes

May 19, 2021

From UPI: NASA scientists, as well as astronomers around the world, plan to install lunar observatories in the next few years to peer into the universe's ancient past -- just after the Big Bang. Science equipment headed to the moon already includes a spectrometer built for launch in early 2022,...

The FARSIDE telescope and its attendant rovers would reach the moon using Blue Origin’s Blue Moon lander. (Credit: Courtesy Caltech/JPL)
A Telescope On The Moon Could Illuminate The Dark Ages Of The Universe

May 15, 2021

From Discover: Some 13.8 billion years ago, our universe burst into being. In a fraction of a second, it ballooned from subatomic to the size of a grapefruit. And as the cosmos grew and grew, it also cooled, until the building blocks of matter — subatomic particles called quarks and...

Artist illustration of DAPPER mission and the Moon
Exploring the far side of the Moon and beyond with NESS

April 23, 2021

From Innovation News Network: NASA has created the Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI), bringing together teams of researchers who are interested in the Moon, asteroids, and the moons of Mars, airless bodies in Earth’s neighbourhood. Most of the teams involved in SSERVI are therefore interested in areas such...

An artist's rendering of VIPER on the moon. Credit: NASA
NASA’s next lunar rover will run open-source software

April 12, 2021

From MIT Technology Review: In 2023, NASA will launch VIPER (Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover), which will trek across the surface of the moon and hunt for water ice that could one day be used to make rocket fuel. The rover will be armed with the best instruments and tools...