Soon the far side of the moon is going to be a pretty crowded ...

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Soon the far side of the moon is going to be a pretty crowded place

Plans for a giant telescope on the lunar surface are nearing completion, and hotels and mining camps will follow

Joey Roulette

As the US races to put humans back on the moon for the first time in 50 years, a Nasa-funded lab in Colorado aims to send robots there to deploy telescopes that will look far into our galaxy, remotely operated by orbiting astronauts.

The radio telescopes, to be planted on the far side of the moon, are among a plethora of ongoing projects by the US space agency, private companies and other nations that will transform the moonscape in the coming decade.

“This is not your grandfather’s Apollo programme that we’re looking at,” said Jack Burns, director of the Network for Exploration and Space Science at the University of Colorado, which is working on the telescope project...

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