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July 30 – August 5, 2012 / Vol 31, No 31 / Hawai`i Island, USA

27 Jul 2012, 19:54 UTC
July 30 – August 5, 2012 / Vol 31, No 31 / Hawai`i Island, USA
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International Lunar Observatory Association Advancing Moon Missions for Observation / Communication, Lunar Broadcasting and Galaxy 21st Century Education

Galaxy Center: ILO-X image taken by Science Teams who remotely operated the instrument from Hawaii, USA mainland, Canada, China, Japan and Europe. Lower insert: ESA, LFI & HFI (Planck).

The Moon is our closest celestial neighbor and the object of significant and rapidly growing attention from the independent / national / international space science and exploration sector. On the leading edge of this global wave, the International Lunar Observatory Association (ILOA) is progressing on 4 separate missions to the lunar surface. The successful Global Demonstration of the 2kg ILO-X Precursor Instrument from Mauna Kea on Hawai’i Island Monday July 23 and next step Engineering Test Unit fabrication, lead to launch aboard a Moon Express spacecraft in 2014. Simultaneously, a framework is being developed for reciprocal collaboration between ILOA and National Astronomical Observatories / Chinese Academy of Sciences for lunar-based observations using instruments of the ILOA and the 15cm UV telescope on the China Chang’e-3 Moon Lander for 2013 launch, possibly in October. Primary contractor MDA of Canada, is finalizing an extensive 4 month pre-build study for the ILO-1 Mission. ...

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