Lunar Lions Blast-Off

The goal of the Penn State Lunar Lion team is to land a robotic spacecraft on the moon, where it will return high-resolution images, video footage, and scientific data.

Kenrick Dacumos in the High Energy Test Facility

Lunar Lion student

Kenrick Dacumos, a senior in electrical engineering, monitored activity in the High Energy Test Facility.

Image: Lunar Lion

To date, only spacecraft built by the Soviet Union, the United States, and China have landed on the moon.

"We're going to the moon. When you think about the significance of that statement, it's mind-blowing."—Kara Morgan, student and Lunar Lion team member

Lunar Lion Team examining rocket design

Lunar Lion Team examining rocket design

Members of Penn State's Lunar Lion team compared a model of a rocket engine with their original computer design. The Lunar Lion team includes students from a variety of disciplines. Their goal is to design a robotic spacecraft that could land on the moon.

Image: Patrick Mansell

"We have a chance to reignite the human imagination."—Creed Reilly, student and Lunar Lion team member

Michael Policelli, of the Lunar Lion team, working on a test plate at the Applied Research Laboratory.

Michael Policelli working on a test plate

Michael Policelli, a third-year graduate student in aerospace engineering, worked on a test plate in the Applied Research Laboratory's High Energy Test Facility, where the Penn State Lunar Lion team will be conducting tests on NASA rockets. 

Image: Lunar Lion