Moon Express, a private ‘lunar commerce’ start-up, and the International Lunar Observatory Association, a non-profit devoted to moon observation, have teamed up to put the International Lunar Observatory, a 2-meter radio antenna, on the Moon to observe the galaxy without the interference of Earth’s atmosphere, which absorbs some kinds of radiation.

ILOA plans to start small, establishing a scientific presence on the Moon, and eventually move on to human exploration and settlement. A preliminary mission with a smaller telescope will launch in 2015.

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The full observatory, slated to arrive in 2016, would provide “scientific research, commercial broadcasting and [enable] Galaxy 21st Century education and “citizen science” on the Moon,” according to a press statement from the two organizations. Its access and controls will be available via the Internet to the general public, as well as researchers.

Moon Express will also send a small rover to prospect for resources, including metals, minerals and water, that could be extracted from the lunar surface and one day sold on Earth.

According to Moore’s law it shouldn’t be long until they have the ability to open up a soda plant using local water – watch this space.

Ref – Wired

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