Issue Date: June 25, 2007
Ionic liquids shoot for the moon
A smooth, shiny liquid that resists perturbation of its surface is just the thing astronomers are looking for to use in a NASA-proposed infrared Lunar Liquid Mirror Telescope. Such a telescope with an aperture up to 100 meters in diameter located on the moon would be capable of observing objects in space that are 100 to 1,000 times fainter than those visible to the proposed next generation of space-based telescopes that use glass mirrors. An . . .
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