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Nearly 50 years after NASA put a small telescope on the Moon, astronomers are dusting off plans for new lunar observatories

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Meagan Cantwell

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Sarah Crespi
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Apollo 11, 16, 17 footage: NASA/NASAs Johnson Space Center
Dark Ages Polarimeter Pathfinder graphic: NASAs Ames Research Center/Lisa Woloszyn
Earth from Moon: NASA/NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
Falcon Heavy: SpaceX/Flickr
FARSIDE graphic: Robin Clarke/Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Far side of the moon: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
George Carruthers with telescope: U.S. Naval Research Laboratory
Hubble Deep Field: R. Williams (Space Telescope Science Institute), the Hubble Deep Field Team, and NASA/European Space Agency
Hubble mirror: NASA
Hubble: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center and Conceptual Image Lab
Hubble mirror: NASA
NASAs Space Launch System: NASA/Flickr
Liquid mirror photos and video: International Liquid Mirror Telescope/Prof. Jean Surdej/Anna Pospieszalska
Moon dust mirror: Peter C. Chen/NASA/NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
Operating rover and International Space Station: Terry Fong/Intelligent Robotics Lab/
NASAs Ames Research Center
Old TV: Loco Steve/Flickr
Parkes telescope: Jet Propulsion Laboratory/CSIRO/Shaun Amy
Radio tower: Bill Damon/Flickr
Spectrograph on the Moon: NASA/NASAs Johnson Space Center
Very Large Telescope: G. Hdepohl/European Southern Observatory

Big Bang: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center/Conceptual Image Lab
Expansion of the universe: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
Exoplanets: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center/Conceptual Image Lab
Far side of the moon: NASA/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Hubble Orion: NASA, European Space Agency, and F. Summers, G. Bacon,
Z. Levay, J. DePasquale, L. Hustak, L. Frattare,
M. Robberto, M. Gennaro (Space Telescope Science Institute), R. Hurt (Caltech/IPAC),
M. Kornmesser (European Space Agency); Acknowledgement: A. Fujii, R. Gendler
Moonlight (Clare de Lune): NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio
NASAs Space Launch System (SLS EM-1): NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center


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