Would there be a big advantage putting a SETI listening post on the far side of the moon?

I assume the moon would act as a large shield to diminish the radio “noise” from Earth. Obviously there would be an issue getting any information back home for the same reason.

Definitely. I once spoke to an astronomer about this. It would be a huge advantage for us to have that. The problem is building it. Just imagine. The moon is a long way away and it’s a vacuum. All that heavy equipment would have to be transported in hundreds of trips and dropped off, then assembled by … whom? Robots? People? It would be great to have it but unlikely to be built.

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  1. I don’t see why it couldn’t be done, certainly on a small scale at first. If we can deploy rovers to Mars and probes to orbit the outer planets, then building a modest listening post is manageable by robots. It only may require a little deeper thinking and ingenuity than the current rovers offer.

    And maybe I am over-simplifying it further, but then couldn’t lunar satellites be used to relay communications with the listening post?

    Putting effort towards something like this would be far more interesting than the shock-value races to get a manned mission to Mars next year, or whatever the latest extreme goal is.

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