From Popular Science
Private space exploration is coming to the Moon, and soon. The world’s first mission to the Moon’s sunny South Pole will put a private telescope on the lunar peak Malapert Mountain as early as 2015. Moon Express, a private ‘lunar commerce’ startup, and the International Lunar Observatory Association, a nonprofit devoted to moon observation, have teamed up to put the International Lunar Observatory, a 2-meter radio antenna, on the Moon to observe the galaxy without the interference of Earth’s atmosphere, which absorbs some kinds of radiation.