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August 3-9, 2015 / Vol 34, No 31 / Hawai`i Island, USA

31 Jul 2015, 20:02 UTC
August 3-9, 2015 / Vol 34, No 31 / Hawai`i Island, USA
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ILOA @ IAU Honolulu: Further Establishing Astronomy from the Moon

At the 29th General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union taking place 3-14 August in Honolulu, Hawai`i, USA, the International Lunar Observatory Association presents its vision for Moon South Pole Astronomy with the ILO-1 mission. Instrument design and site-selection are currently being refined by the ILOA project team with contractors Canadensys Aerospace. The long-duration Observatory will help advance realization of Astronomy from the Moon. This dynamic and rich frontier of science has been considered for many years by top minds in the field, including at the professional American Institute of Physics AIP Conference Proceedings 207: Astrophysics from the Moon over 25 years ago. Now ILOA is working with the first robotic telescope on the Moon, Lunar Ultraviolet Telescope (LUT) aboard the China Chang’e-3 lander at Mare Imbrium, 44.12°N 19.51°W. LUT operator National Astronomical Observatory under the Chinese Academy of Sciences is preparing to publish an 18-month survey of the telescope’s observations, findings, technical performance and environmental resilience. All indications are that this survey will help validate the Moon as an ideal platform for innovative 21st Century exploration. The Hawaii-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit ILOA can, by conducting observations and communications from the ...

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