Because the moon always has the same orientation to earth, if we want to have communications with manned or robotic explorers on the far side some type of relay would be needed for communication. Would a communication satellites used in lunar orbit be possible or would the tidal effects of earth disrupt the orbit to make it impossible/impractical?
In 1973 Farquhar and Kamel found a "natural" halo orbit providing almost constant coverage (in-plane oscillation should be greater than 32379 kilometers):
- Farquhar, R. W. The Control and Use of Libration-Point Satellites. Ph.D. Dissertation, Dept. of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, 1968.
- J.Masdemont. Libration Point Orbits and Applications. 2003. P.47.