Chinese Scientists are preparing to use the Moon as a shield in a bid to study the mystery of the origin of the Universe. Here’s more about it.
Chinese scientists are planning to use the Moon as a shield to block unwanted radio noise signals in a bid to study the origins of the Universe. This move is part of the New Horizons Program.
The mission, approved by the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ New Horizons Program, is called Discovering the Sky at the Longest Wavelengths (DSL) mission. According to media reports, the mission will involve sending 10 satellites to orbit around the Earth. The satellites will then pick different cosmic signals while blocking any electromagnetic interference that may be human caused. However, due to the presence of numerous satellites within the Earth’s orbit, there is vast radio disturbance.
Although it is difficult to collect signals near the Earth due to the presence of the ionosphere, a mother satellite will be orbiting the far side of the Moon while collecting data from the rest of the satellites. This move will allow, “the Moon to protect satellites from radio frequency interference departing from the Earth,” according to South China Morning Post.
According to media reports, this mission will cover various topics of study such as “astronomy, exploration, Earth science, heliophysics and exoplanet missions.” This mission is being led by Chen Xuelei of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).
South China Morning Post said that during the initial days of the Earth, “were faint, stretched out, ultra-long wavelength light emitted by hydrogen atoms” created by the Big Bang which was the cause behind the formation of the universe.
Wu Ji, a senior Chinese space scientist told South China Morning Post, “The proposal is an innovative alternative to the much more costly and technically challenging route of setting permanent telescopes on the surface of the lunar far side.”