As the United States races to put humans back on the Moon for the first time in nearly 50 years, a Nasa-funded lab in Colorado aims to send robots there to deploy telescopes that will look far into our galaxy, remotely operated by orbiting astronauts.

The radio telescopes, to be planted on the far side of the Moon, are among a plethora of projects underway by the US space agency National Aeronautics and Space Administration, private companies and other nations that will transform the moonscape in the coming decade.

Sometime in the coming decade, Burns’s team will send a rover aboard a lunar lander spacecraft to the far side of the Moon. The rover will rumble across the craggy and rough surface – featuring a mountain taller than any on earth – to set up a network of radio telescopes with little help from humans.Read More..