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Lunar Radio Telescopes: A Staged Approach for Lunar Science, Heliophysics, Astrobiology, Cosmology, and ExplorationObservations with radio telescopes address key problems in cosmology, astrobiology, heliophysics, and planetary science including the first light in the Universe (Cosmic Dawn), magnetic fields of extrasolar planets, particle acceleration mechanisms, and the lunar ionosphere. The Moon is a unique science platform because it allows access to radio frequencies that do not penetrate the Earth's ionosphere and because its far side is shielded from intense terrestrial emissions. The instrument packages and infrastructure needed for radio telescopes can be transported and deployed as part of Exploration activities, and the resulting science measurements may inform Exploration (e.g., measurements of lunar surface charging). An illustrative roadmap for the staged deployment of lunar radio telescopes
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Acquisition Source
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Document Type
Conference Paper
External Source(s)
Lazio, Joseph
(Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Bowman, Judd D.
(Arizona State Univ. Phoenix, AZ, United States)
Burns, Jack O.
(Colorado Univ. Boulder, CO, United States)
Farrell, W. M.
(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Jones, D. L.
(Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Kasper, J. C.
(Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics Cambridge, MA, United States)
MacDowall, R. J.
(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Stewart, K. P.
(Naval Research Lab. Washington, DC, United States)
Weiler, K.
(Computational Physics, Inc. Washington, DC, United States)
Date Acquired
August 27, 2013
Publication Date
July 17, 2012
Subject Category
Report/Patent Number
Meeting Information
Meeting: AIAA Global Space Exploration Conference
Location: Washington, DC
Country: United States
Start Date: May 22, 2012
Sponsors: American Inst. of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Funding Number(s)
Distribution Limits
Moon science platform
lunar radio telescopes
radio telescopes
terrestrial emissions.

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