ILOA-IM Announce Agreement for 2021 Lunar Landing and Milky Way Galaxy Center Imaging

Nova-C lander on the lunar surface. (Credit: Intuitive Machines)

KAMUELA, Hawai’i, 12 November 2020 (ILOA Hawaii PR) – The International Lunar Observatory Association (ILOA Hawaii) has contracted Intuitive Machines (IM) of Houston TX to fly its ILO-X payload on the IM-1 Nova-C lander mission set to launch in the fourth quarter of 2021 on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket to Vallis Schröteri, also known as Schroter’s Valley (24.53° N, 50.49° W).

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International Lunar Observatory to be Established at Moon’s South Pole in 2019

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Moon Express PR) — International Lunar Observatory Association (ILOA) and Moon Express have announced a collaboration for the delivery of the first International Lunar Observatory to the South Pole of the Moon in 2019 (ILO-1). Moon Express has been contracted by ILOA to develop advanced landing technologies supporting the mission.

The ILO-1 astrophysical observatory and research station will be the world’s first instrument to image the Milky Way Galaxy and to conduct international astrophysical observations and communications from the lunar surface.

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GLXP News: Moon Express, ILOA Demonstrate Lunar Telescope in Hawaii

Waimea, Hawaii, July 26, 2012 (ILOA/Moon Express PR) – The International Lunar Observatory Association (ILOA), led by American businessman/educator Steve Durst, plans to place an astronomical observatory on the Moon to capture never before seen images of the Galaxy/Stars, Moon and Earth and broadcast them in support of the worldwide Galaxy Forum 21st Century Education program.

A ‘Global Demonstration’ of the International Lunar Observatory precursor instrument (ILO-X) was conducted by ILOA and Moon Express and hosted by the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope during the late hours of July 23 from the summit of Mauna Kea on the big island of Hawaii.

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