Studying viability of manned radar station on the moon

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  1. Plazma Inferno! Ding Ding Ding Ding Administrator

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    China has commissioned a group of scientists to study the feasibility of building a manned radar station on the moon, but many experts on the mainland have questioned the potentially massive cost of the project and the usefulness of building such a base.
    The government project was launched earlier this year and received kick-start funding of 16 million yuan (HK$18.7 million) from the National Natural Science Foundation of China, according to its website.
    The proposed facility, which may include quarters for astronauts and a powerful radar antenna array at least 50 metres high, could monitor wider areas of our planet than existing satellites, according to scientists involved in the study.
    The base, which would be used for scientific research and defence monitoring, could also produce more powerful and clearer images of earth as the high-frequency microwaves emitted by the radar station could not only penetrate cloud, but also the earth’s surface, allowing it to monitor areas on land, under the sea and underground.
    Leading space scientists in China have joined the radar station project.

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/poli...ientists-study-viability-manned-radar-station
     
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  3. Seattle Valued Senior Member

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    Why post a link to an article with no comments and when the article contains this ..."“It’s a lunatic idea,” said one mainland space scientist informed of the project, but not directly involved."?
     
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