Lunar-based Ultraviolet Telescope (LUT)

The Lunar-based Ultraviolet Telescope (LUT) is one of the scientific payloads onboard the Chang’e-3 lunar lander.

It started ultraviolet observations from the surface of the Moon on Dec. 14, 2013. A timeline of activities associated with this project is as follows:


July 2004: Concept Proposed

Feb. 2009: Project Approved
Sep. 2009: Engineering Model developed

Dec. 2011: Flight Model Tested
Dec. 02. 2013: Launch

Dec. 16. 2013: First Light
Jan. 2014 – Present: Astronomical Observations


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