Why We Need 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 thereâ€™s a very good reason for doing this: It would help alleviate a coming deep-space network traffic jam thatâ€™s had NASA scientists worried for several years now.
Ouliang Chang floated his lunar supercomputer idea recently 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 thatâ€™s facing away from Earth and all of its electromagnetic chatter. Nuclear-powered, it would process data for space missions and slingshot Earthâ€™s Deep Space Network into a brand new moon-centric era.