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Sun simulator light

The sun has been rising in LUNA since 3 June. So far, it is only a relatively primitive installation: a powerful film spotlight on a tripod has been rented for the coming months before the much more complex sun simulator is designed and constructed and can be installed. At the

LUNA at the ILA – International Aerospace Exhibition

he Space Pavilion at the ILA in Berlin gave the Moon much space, not only in the exhibition but also in the stage programme. LUNA had a prominent place here and was presented by several members of the project team to the specialist audience and the very interested general

First LUNA experiments cast their shadows ahead

A working group from the German Federal Association of Students in Space Flight (BVSR) spent several days at a conference in Friedrichshafen on Lake Constance. The focus was on developing a rover concept, which will then be tested at the LUNA analogue facility and made available for university research.

Astronaut suits arrived

For a realistic simulation of astronautical activities on the lunar surface, it is important to have astronaut suits that correspond as closely as possible to the real spacesuits that will be used in the future

Motion tracking in LUNA – the moonwalk

Just as important for robotics as for astronaut fitness training or for analyzing precise motion sequences under reduced gravity: LUNA will be equipped with a system to precisely record movements in the hall and make them available to users. In order to meet the requirements of the various user categories

Broadcasting news from the Moon

July 21st 1969 at 02:56 UTC, Tranquillity Base:
Moon enthusiast for sure recall this milestone date, time and place: Neil Armstrong was the first person to step onto the lunar surface and everyone around the globe could watch history being made through normal TVs and thanks to the incredible technology

Living on the moon

What distinguishes the current Artemis programme from the Apollo programme of the 1960s and 1970s is, among other things, the sustainability aspect: the plan is not only to land on the moon and conduct research there for a few hours, but also to have a permanent research station on the

Faking the Moon landing: again?!?!

More than 50 years have passed since the last men were “pretending to walk” on the Moon and now humankind is almost ready again to step on our natural satellite, therefore we need again good cameras, lights effects, a good production studio and new digital technologies where to film the

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