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.

Penn State student Kara Morgan examines a 3-D printed model of the Lunar Lion.

Kara Morgan and Lunar Lion

Kara Morgan, an aerospace engineering major, examined a 3-D printed model of the Lunar Lion spacecraft. Morgan is part of a team of students who are combining their disciplines and expertise in a global race to land and operate a robotic spacecraft on the Moon.

Image: Patrick Mansell

"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