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ToSeek
2004-Jul-22, 04:30 PM
SpaceDev gets second phase of moon observatory contract (http://www.nctimes.com/articles/2004/07/22/special_reports/science_technology/14_07_067_21_04.txt)


SpaceDev has been awarded a small contract from Lunar Enterprise Corp. to design a lunar lander mission, the company said in a Tuesday statement. The unmanned mission's goal is to place a small dish antenna called the Lunar Dish Observatory near the moon's south pole.
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Lunar Enterprise Corp. intends to use the lunar antenna for astronomy. It intends to keep the mission's total cost under $50 million ---- a fraction of the cost for NASA missions. Space shuttle flights cost an average of $450 million.

George
2004-Jul-22, 07:58 PM
The unmanned mission's goal is to place a small dish antenna called the Lunar Dish Observatory near the moon's south pole....
Do they have to haul ice or can they take it slow?? :wink:

ngc3314
2004-Jul-22, 10:35 PM
SpaceDev gets second phase of moon observatory contract (http://www.nctimes.com/articles/2004/07/22/special_reports/science_technology/14_07_067_21_04.txt)


SpaceDev has been awarded a small contract from Lunar Enterprise Corp. to design a lunar lander mission, the company said in a Tuesday statement. The unmanned mission's goal is to place a small dish antenna called the Lunar Dish Observatory near the moon's south pole.
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Lunar Enterprise Corp. intends to use the lunar antenna for astronomy. It intends to keep the mission's total cost under $50 million ---- a fraction of the cost for NASA missions. Space shuttle flights cost an average of $450 million.

If you count the Carruthers UV Schmidt used during the Apollo 16 stay, that would be "second lunar observatory". And if you count the Radio Astronomy Explorer working at very low frequencies in lunar orbit, it would be third...

(Yes, I do have a license for that pedantry).

None of which implies that this would be a bad idea.