Abagail Staff / Staff reporter
NASA recently announced that they would be funding plans to build a radio telescope on the far side on the moon.
This telescope would be able to pick up signals from deep space that we have not had access to because of the noise from our own Satellite. This radio telescope would be constructed by small robots in a crater that would act as a natural shield if constructed this would be by far the largest radio telescope we have ever built.
The Daily Mail titled their article “NASA to create a radio telescope on the far side of the Moon that will make it looks like the Death Star from Star Wars – and it could give us a glimpse of the first moments after the Big Bang.”
The Daily Mail also listed some key points under the title. Their paragraphs were one or two sentences each. This article is telling readers about the telescope with minimal detail, and only goes into the logistics towards the end of the article.
Each paragraph is full of information and does not use any filler information of the text. The paragraphs towards the middle of the article tell the reader about the benefits of having a telescope on the moon and why NASA chose to fund it.
Global News titled their article “NASA backs ‘Death Star’ design for crater telescope on the moon”
Global News has longer paragraphs but is significantly shorter than The Daily Mail’s article. Global News shows everything the reader needs to know at the beginning of the article and tells the reader about the benefits of a telescope on the moon right at the beginning of their article.
Global News goes into more detail about how this telescope would be made and what it would look like, they tend to use more scientific terms in their writing.
Futurism titled their article “NASA Funds Giant Radio Telescope Concept on Far Side of Moon”
Futurism is much more scientific in their writing and generally have much longer paragraphs than the previous two articles. Futurism also uses lots of quotes and generally goes into much more detail about the project.
Futurism explains who is funding the project and why in their first paragraph which helps get readers interested in the idea. In the next few paragraphs, they go on to explain why this would benefit us in greater detail and explain the science behind the project.
All three articles showed quotes from the head of the project but Futurism had quotes from a wider range of people.
Global News and Daily Mail are more widely viewed by the average person and therefore they do not use scientific terms or go into great detail about the project at the beginning of their articles, however, the Daily Mail goes into further detail towards the end of the article about related projects and who would be supervising the project.
Futurism is a website that focuses more on scientific news therefore they use more scientific details and include more about the logistics of the project.
In articles written on platforms with a wider reach the writer uses simpler writing that someone with little scientific knowledge could understand, this lets a wider range of readers understand.
In articles written for websites that are science based the writer uses more scientific terms since the average reader of the website is more likely to have more scientific knowledge.