NASA's Lunar Telescope

By: Bianca Bartz - Published: Jun 11, 2008 • References: dsc.discovery
It sounds romantic to use lunar dust as a tool for creation, but it's not just an ethereal dream. NASA thinks they may actually be able to utilize the dust to construct a lunar telescopes and light-collecting mirrors, a device actually stationed on the moon. The moon dust would be mixed into a concrete-like paste that could be sculpted to form.

"We believe we have found a way to turn moon dust into a telescope," confirms Peter Chen, an inventor from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. He's been experimenting with nanotubes, crumbled rocks with a similar form to lunar dust and 'glue-like epoxies'.

"First we had something very gooey and smelly," Chen said, adding, "Then we had this very hard, very stable material like concrete." Stats for Sculpting with Moon Dust Trending: Older & Chilly
Research: 2,302 clicks in 415 w
Interest: 4 minutes
Concept: Sculpting With Moon Dust
Related: 66 examples / 51 photos
Segment: Neutral, 18-55
Comparison Set: 24 similar articles, including: futuristic steel loungers, assistive healthcare apps, and speedy smartphone charging chips.