There's a $100 million project underway to bring a telescope that will search for extraterrestrial communications to the far side of the moon.
The International Lunar Observatory Association (ILOA) is spearheading the plan to build a lunar base and research facility on the
dark side of the south pole of the moon, and has teamed up with the commercial space startup Moon Express on the project. Moon Express CEO Bob Richards believes the mission can land a radio telescope on the moon no later than 2018.
While primary goal of the mission is to better understand the cosmos by observing it from the moon, a secondary objective is searching for extraterrestrial life, or SETI. "What drives us is the desire to see humanity as a multi-world species,” ILOA founder Steve Durst told WIRED last month.
SETI researchers are listening for interstellar communication—radio waves and micro waves—to see if anyone out there is transmitting a signal.
Searching for extraterrestrial intelligence by hunting for micro and radio waves in space is an idea that's been around for decades. In a revolutionary 1959 article, "Searching For Interstellar Communications," authors Giuseppe Cocconi and Philip Morrison laid out the methodology and rationale behind the approach:
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