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...

From The Tundra: FarView: One-Of-A-Kind Lunar Observatory Screen Shot with Jack Burns
FarView: One-Of-A-Kind Lunar Observatory

March 18, 2021

From The Tundra: Lunar Resources, Inc., of Houston, Texas, and the University of Colorado Boulder are launching a new research effort to lay the groundwork for a one-of-a-kind lunar radio astronomy observatory called the Lunar Farside Radio Observatory, or FarView—a network of hundreds of miles of antennas constructed on the...

Fraser Cain and Jack Burns discussion on YouTube
The Lunar FARSIDE Telescope

March 16, 2021

From Universe Today: Fraser Cain spoke with Dr. Jack Burns, the Principle Investigator for the Lunar FARSIDE telescope about installing a radio telescope on the farside of the Moon that would be capable of observing the first stars and black holes during the Dark Ages and Epoch of Reionization. Watch...

Artist's depiction of a robot laying out an antenna on the lunar surface. (Credit- Lunar Resources)
NASA-funded project to explore one-of-a-kind lunar observatory

March 1, 2021

From CU Boulder Today : Lunar Resources, Inc. , of Houston, Texas, and the University of Colorado Boulder are launching a new research effort to lay the groundwork for a one-of-a-kind lunar radio astronomy observatory —a network of hundreds of miles of antennas constructed on the far side of the...

Artist illustration of the Dark Ages Polarimetry Pathfinder (DAPPER), which will look for faint radio signals from the early universe while operating in a low lunar orbit. Its specialized radio receiver and high-frequency antenna are currently being developed by NRAO. Credit: NRAO/AUI/NSF, Sophia Dagnello
A Roadmap for Science on the Moon

Sept. 30, 2020

From CU Boulder Today: Scientists at CU Boulder have laid out a roadmap for a decade of scientific research at the moon. Teams from the university will participate in four upcoming or proposed space missions that seek to use the moon as a unique laboratory for peering back to the...

Screen shot from Telescopes on the Moon video of the FARSIDE project
Telescopes on the Moon

June 22, 2020

From Launch Pad Astronomy: Telescopes on the Moon has been a dream since the 1830's. But apart from two small telescopes on Apollo 16 and Chang'e-3, we haven't sent any telescopes to the Moon yet. But now that NASA is planning to return to the Moon permanently, astronomers are once...

A decades-old idea from lunar scientist Richard Vondrak, who worked at the Apollo Science Operations Center during the Moon landing program, proposed using lunar craters to build radio telescopes like the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico. Here, an artist’s concept shows how three telescopes could be used separately or combined to create a giant instrument.
The history and future of telescopes on the Moon

June 3, 2020

From Astronomy.com: For radio astronomers, Earth is a noisy place. Many modern electronics leak radio signals, which interfere with the long, faint wavelengths of light studied by radio observatories. And for decades, this invisible light pollution has pushed radio observatories deeper into so-called “radio quiet zones.” This forces radio astronomers...

An orbital view of Daedalus, a high-rimmed lunar farside crater that offers extra shielding from Earth’s radio chatter, which can contaminate delicate scientific observations. The crater could someday become a protected lunar site. Credit: NASA
Astronomers Battle Space Explorers for Access to Moon’s Far Side

April 7, 2020

From Scientific American: As countries and private companies race to return to the moon, the need to protect the lunar far side—the hemisphere of Earth’s companion that always faces away from our planet—continues to grow. For decades, scientists have argued that the far side’s unique combination of accessibility and isolation...

The Far Side Of The Moon Is The Perfect Place For a Radio Telescope artist illustration
The Far Side Of The Moon Is The Perfect Place For a Radio Telescope

Jan. 21, 2020

We’ve now passed the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing, and all eyes are back on the Moon. NASA is planning to return to the Moon by 2024 with its Artemis mission, the Chinese have put the Moon firmly in their plans for space exploration, and even SpaceX thinks...

DAPPER Mission concept in orbit around Moon
Under a DAPPER Moon: NASA Eyes Wild Radio Science Projects on the Lunar Farside

Dec. 23, 2019

From Space.com: NASA's quest to return humans to the moon could boost a field of research that might not seem particularly lunar in nature: cosmology. But the far side of the moon could be a powerful place to answer some of the most compelling questions about the universe — and...