NASA talked about the project to create an LCRT radio telescope in a crater on the far side of the moon. About it writes Science Alert.
Description of the project LCRT – an ultra-long-wave radio telescope, which will be located in one of the craters on the opposite side of the moon, is published in the list of grants allocated for the implementation of innovative space projects.
The LCRT telescope will have tremendous advantages over telescopes on Earth and in orbit around the planet. LCRT will be able to explore the Universe at wavelengths that are reflected by the Earth’s ionosphere and have not yet been explored. In this case, the Moon will act as a physical screen that will isolate the telescope from radio interference from the Earth.
The LCRT will be able to observe the early Universe in the wavelength range of 10 to 50 meters in the frequency band of 6 to 30 megahertz, which has not yet been studied by humans.
As part of the project, DuAxel robots deployed a wire mesh with a diameter of about 1 km inside a lunar crater with a total diameter of 5 km. An overhead receiver will be placed in the center of the wire structure.
At the same time, scientists have not yet decided in which crater the telescope will be installed. The publication notes that absolutely the entire construction process of LCRT will be fully automated and only robots will perform it.