Telescope will allow public to go on the Net and view Earth from the moon

VANCOUVER – A telescope that is set to launch to the moon in 2015 will allow the public to go on the Internet and view the Earth from the lunar surface.

The flight test hardware was officially unveiled today in Vancouver by the International Lunar Observatory Association.

The privately funded telescope, known as the International Lunar Observatory precursor (ILO-X), was designed and built by Silicon Valley-based Moon Express Inc.

Moon Express CEO Bob Richards says the shoebox-sized telescope will allow people to see images they’ve never seen before.

He says people on Earth will even be able to manoeuvre the telescope by remote control, giving them out-of-this-world access to galaxies, stars and planets.

Richards points out the public will even be able to turn the telescope downward and take pictures of the lunar landscape.

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