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.
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.