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October 5 2012

Why We Need a Supercomputer on the Moon


Should we build a supercomputer on the moon?

It would be a mammoth technical undertaking, but a University of Southern California graduate student thinks thereís a very good reason for doing this: It would help alleviate a coming deep-space network traffic jam thatís had NASA scientists worried for several years now.

Ouliang Chang floated his lunar supercomputer idea a few weeks ago at a space conference in Pasadena, California. The plan is to bury a massive machine in a deep dark crater, on the side of the moon thatís facing away from Earth and all of its electromagnetic chatter. Nuclear-powered, it would process data for space missions and slingshot Earthís Deep Space Network into a brand new moon-centric era.

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