International Lunar Observatory Association

The ILO Mission

"The Primary Goal of the ILO Mission is to Expand Human Understanding of the Cosmos Through Observation from Our Moon."



16 January, 2014


ILOA, with four active lunar missions - including 1 currently on the lunar surface - and a robust Galaxy 21st Century Education program, continues to establish itself as a pioneer in Observation, Astronomy and Communications from the Moon. These four missions will enable observations of the Galaxy / Stars, local lunar environment, and Earth with various wavelengths, for differing durations, and from various lunar locations. As ILOA is based on Hawai`i Island, the missions will also secure Hawaii’s leadership in Astronomy for the next 100 years.

Human Service Mission to the ILO on Moon South Pole is being advanced to high priority through collaboration / partnership with Golden Spike Company of Colorado, USA. ILOA has advanced this partnership by becoming the first non-founding equity investor in Golden Spike, after helping to fund a cutting-edge study, along with a distinguished team of organizations, to initiate development of a Human Lunar Lander. ILOA & GSC have since been collaborating, via the Galaxy Forum program, on Global Outreach Campaign to garner support for both organizations. The goal of GSC and ILOA is to achieve a Human Moon mission within the decade.

ILOA is currently collaborating with the National Astronomical Observatories -Chinese Academy of Sciences (NAOC) & China National Space Administration (CNSA) to conduct Galaxy Imaging with the Lunar Ultraviolet Telescope aboard the Chang’e-3 lunar lander currently at Sinus Iridum on the lunar surface. In September 2012, ILOA signed a MoU with the NAOC-CAS. This was followed up with a MOU between ILOA and CNSA in August 2013. In exchange for the use of the Chang’e-3 LUT, ILOA will provide observation time to NAOC during its ILO-X and ILO-1 missions.

ILO-1, the original ILOA mission, will see a multifunctional 2-meter dish observatory placed near the South Pole of the Moon. The mission (NET 2016) will conduct radio astronomy - including Galaxy First Light Imaging Program, and Commercial Communications - including Space Calendar Lunar Broadcasting, while serving as a beacon for lunar base buildout. ILOA is working with an emerging Space company in Canada to develop the scientific payload for ILO-1, and Moon Express of Silicon Valley USA has agreed to provide the spacecraft that will deliver the payload to the surface of the Moon.

ILOA is teaming with the Google Lunar X Prize Team Moon Express on a precursor mission known as ILO-X. For this mission, ILOA will place a 7-cm optical telescope on the team’s lunar lander scheduled for 2015.

ILOA Galaxy Forum is a successful 21st Century Education Program held regularly in cities, countries and continents all around the world. Already active in Hawaii, Asia, North & South America, Europe, and Africa, the program hopes to expand to Antarctica in 2015. The Forums connect Galaxy researchers and local educators to help bring Galacticity / Galaxy consciousness into every class.


The ILOA is an interglobal enterprise incorporated in Hawaii as a 501(c)(3) non-profit to help realize the multifunctional ILO -- to advance human knowledge of the Cosmos through observation from our Moon, and to participate in lunar base build-out. The ILOA also since 2008 has co-sponsored with its Space Age Publishing Company affiliate an international series of Galaxy Forums and a Lunar Commercial Communications Workshop.

Click here to find more information about the ILO, ILOA, and Lunar Commercial Communications Workshops at Space Age Publishing Company's website.