LUNA Analog Facility

The German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the European Space Agency (ESA) are jointly establishing a fundamental facility for the preparation of future human and robotic missions to the Moon at the Cologne site. With its unique infrastructure and the seamless integration into the campus, LUNA will enable complex simulations for lunar surface activities of astronauts and robotic systems. LUNA will be an important and relevant building block within the international capabilities.

LUNA establishes an internationally distinct and visible competence centre for Moon activities as German-European contribution to the continued exploration of space.


Ramp test in the underground car park

Rovers that want to explore a crater. Astronauts who need to rehearse the rescue of a colleague on the surface: Being able to set a defined slope in the regolith hall is an important feature for the LUNA facility. What sounds trivial required some discussions, thoughts and conceptual work: The

Topping-out ceremony for LUNA

Topping-out ceremony for LUNA The shell of the lunar training and technology centre is complete and the hall is now roofed over – perfect occasion for the topping-out ceremony for LUNA on 26 January 2024. At the invitation of ESA, which is responsible for the construction of the building, construction

New LUNA visual? Yes please!

In time for the new year when LUNA will start operations, the LUNA key visual has been finished. It shall represent the unique facility in future. Over the course of several months, graphics designer Adriane Woito of the German Space Operations Centre has worked with the LUNA project management team

Moon dust in bags for Christmas

An astronaut centre aiming for the Moon should have some Moon dust in the garage: Last week, the first delivery of the Regolith simulant EAC-1A for LUNA arrived at the European Astronaut Centre in Cologne. A total of 10 tons of the basaltic dust is now sitting in so-called Big

Lunar water for drinking and rocket propellant

Water is by far the most versatile and most necessary resource for crewed space exploration. It is the most important raw material in life support systems and for rocket propellants manufactured using hydrogen. In the ‘Validation of Lunar Water Extraction and Purification Technologies for In-Situ Propellant and Consumables Production’ (LUWEX)

The first rover awaits its entry into LUNA

On 08.11.2023, the DLR Microgravity User Support Center (MUSC) has received the first rover for LUNA from NEUROSPACE GmbH (Berlin). After a short introduction and set-up of the necessary infrastructure, a first driving was successfully performed inside the MUSC building.