NASA funds proposal to build a telescope on the far side of the moon

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The inefficiency of driving up and down a craterside to drag wires seems too much. Would it not be better to use a simple projectile launch? Something like at 22 caliber bullet? Something spring powered? With the extremely light gravity it would seem that this would produce the desired effect much more quickly and probably at a lower weight.Then the rovers at top would simply grab each wire and attach it. This ideamight require pull wires which woud then reel up the telescope wires, but even that might save quite a bit of weight over the initially proposed solution.
 
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I worked for the SETI Institute, and Ames Research Center NASA from 1992 to 1998. I remember they were talking about a facility on the dark side of the Moon back in 1995. It was one of those very much future proposals. You know, the way things are now going, this might not be such a far out concept. The crater approach might be accomplished with robots. The potential performance could be amazing. Not just for SETI, but all manner of Radio Astronomy. This could be a very interesting project.
 
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To transmit the signal back to Earth they will need to have a functioning lunar satellite array, a land based radio relay to the earth side, or ground lay fiber to the earth side to transmit. On the dark side solar energy would not help so a small reactor? Lots more involved than placing and sagging suspension strands.
 

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