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Mortgaging the Moon

As businesses eye the lunar landscape, astronomers fret about losing the last quiet place within reach

SPACE

@meghanbartels

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THE BARREN MOON IS RIPE FOR DEVELOPMENT. A cellphone company is hoping to install outposts for service there. Chinese graduate students are living in simulated moon colonies. And President Donald Trump wants America to return there in the early 2020s. All these plans would interfere with the one many astronomers dream of: radio telescopes.

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