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Conceptual Ideas for Radio Telescope on the Far Side of the Moon

Show simple item record Bandyopadhyay, Saptarshi Lazio, Joseph Stoica, Adrian Goldsmith, Paul Blair, Brad Quadrelli, Marco de la Croix, Jean-Pierre Rahmani, Amir 2020-04-23T17:02:19Z 2020-04-23T17:02:19Z 2018-03-04
dc.identifier.citation 2018 IEEE Aerospace Conference, Big Sky, Montana, March 4-11, 2018 en_US
dc.identifier.clearanceno 18-1194
dc.description.abstract A radio telescope on the far-side of the Moon has tremendous advantages compared to Earth-based telescopes because it could observe the universe at wavelengths that are hitherto poorly explored by humans so far and the Moon acts as a physical shield that isolates the telescope from the radio interference and noises from Earth. This paper presents a novel concept for building a radio telescope on the far-side of the Moon. The main idea is to shape a suitable existing lunar crater (1 − 50km in diameter) on the far-side of the Moon into a spherical reflecting dish. The proposed Lunar Crater Radio Telescope (LCRT) would be able to observe the universe in the 5 − 100m wavelength band (i.e., 3 − 60MHz radio frequency band). The key innovations of this concept are: (1) LCRT would be the largest filled-aperture radio telescope in the Solar System. (2) LCRT could potentially make tremendous scientific discoveries in fields of cosmology and extrasolar planets by observing the universe in the 5−100m λ band(i.e., 3−60MHz ν band) that has been hitherto poorly explored. (3) It would require only a few robots from Earth and autonomously modify an existing lunar crater to build the LCRT; thereby significantly reducing launch weight and cost compared to all previous lunar surface telescope mission concepts. (4) Furthermore, the Earth based robots are not consumed during construction of LCRT. Therefore, they could create a network of LCRTs to (i) observe different regions of the universe, and (ii) enable lunar Very-Long-Baseline Interferometry (VLBI) astronomy. We envisage that this concept would unlock the potential for groundbreaking scientific discoveries in radio astronomy. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship NASA/JPL en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Pasadena, CA: Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2018 en_US
dc.title Conceptual Ideas for Radio Telescope on the Far Side of the Moon en_US
dc.type Preprint en_US

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