Chinese Scientists Will Use Moon Satellite to Understand Earth’s Early Days, What’s Up?

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JAKARTA, There are many theories about the early dark days of the universe, but scientists China have found a new way of looking at that period. The Discovering the Sky at the Longest Wavelengths (DSL) mission, also called Hongmeng, will send about ten satellites into orbit around the world to pick up different cosmic signals. The satellites will also block electromagnetic interference from humans on earth to fully understand the cosmos in a better way.

The mission, led by Chen Xuelei of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and his research team, was approved by the New Horizons Program of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

It is among a number of projects covering topics such as “astronomy, exploration, earth science, heliophysics and exoplanet missions”, according to media reports.

During Earth’s early days, there was a “faint, stretched, ultra-long wavelength light emitted by hydrogen atoms” created from the Big Bang, according to the South China Morning Post. The signal will be collected by nine out of ten satellite.

Although it is very difficult to collect signals near Earth due to the ionosphere, the mother satellite will retain data from other satellites as it orbits on the far side of the moon.

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“The proposal is an innovative alternative to a much more expensive and technically challenging route to install a permanent telescope on the surface of the far side of the moon,” Wu Ji, a senior China space scientist, told the South China Morning Post. (nda)

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