Astrophysics from the Moon

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Science  07 Dec 1990:
Vol. 250, Issue 4986, pp. 1365-1370
DOI: 10.1126/science.250.4986.1365


The surface of the moon would be an excellent location for astronomical telescopes, and, if a lunar base were to be established, the construction and maintenance of instruments would become feasible. The prospects are reviewed, with particular attention given to large optical aperturesynthesis instruments analogous to the Very Large Array of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory. Typical parameters for a particular system are presented.

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