Italy plans telescope on moon

January 5th, 2006 in Astronomy & Space /

Italy plans to build a telescope on the moon to expand its knowledge of the universe, the Italian News Agency ANSA says.

The telescope will be built by robots and positioned in a lunar crater to give a new perspective on the Earth, Sergio Vetrella, head of the Italian space agency, said.

The first robots will be sent up 2010-12, Vetrella said.

The space agency has earmarked about $180 million for the project, the Chinese news agency Xinhuanet reported.

Copyright 2006 by United Press International

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