- Jun 4, 2004
Hmm, lunar relay satellite maybe?If the telescope is on the far side of the moon, how are you going to send signals back to the Earth? How are you going to manage the wild swings in temperature? (It varies by roughly 600 degrees F depending on day/night on the moon.)
Temps? How about with heaters and cooling loops like we've used on most space vehicles? Radiation, as I'm sure you are aware, is not nearly as effective as conduction/convection for moving heat around.
I would make it a radio telescope however, as the dark side of the moon should be pretty radio dark. Lagrange points would be just fine for optical telescopes.
Hope this helps