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 there???s a very good reason for doing this: It would help alleviate a coming deep-space network traffic jam that???s 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 that???s facing away from Earth and all of its electromagnetic chatter. Nuclear-powered, it would process data for space missions and slingshot Earth???s Deep Space Network into a brand new moon-centric era.
This sounds like fun.