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On the Moon by 2016 may have several telescopes
One of the main reasons why the space telescope ” Hubble “is for the scientists one of the most important tools is that it allows you to better see the big picture of what is happening in the galaxy that surrounds us. The more of these high-tech devices will be created, the faster we will be able to find out what’s going on in the dark corners of deep space. On the study decided to connect two private companies – Moon Express and International Lunar Observatory Association, who want to install on the moon three space telescope.
Moon Express is one of the contenders for the prize of 30 million dollars in the competition Google Lunar XPrize, the essence of which The sending of the Earth’s natural satellite autonomous robot. So, in conjunction with the International Lunar Observatory Association in 2015 companies are going to put on the surface of the Moon’s South Pole compact device ILO-X (in the picture below) the size of a shoebox. If all goes according to plan, in 2016 the company will launch to the moon another telescope – International Lunar Observatory. It is a marker in size and has a two-meter antenna.
As the final part of this program should be installed on the edge of one of the lunar craters telescope ILO-1, which together with other telescopes will collect data about the lunar surface, and send them back to Earth.
The interesting thing about this news is also the fact that the resulting picture will be telescopes available to any Internet user. Thus Moon Express wants to create, as she calls it, the model of “social science”, providing access to the latest information from the Moon without any restrictions.
Despite the democratic approach, the company immediately said that this mission is still commercial. Telescopes will be looking at the south pole of the moon traces of various minerals and water.
The total cost of the mission is estimated at 100 million dollars, so the Moon Express and International Lunar Observatory Association hopes that the program will be interested space agencies and other centers of astronomy, which will help with financing.
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