NASA’s ingenious moon simulator that helped prepare Apollo astronauts to land where no one had gone before

How do you prepare to land a space craft on the surface of a moon that no one has ever gone to before?

One answer to that question lay in the development of NASA’s Lunar Orbit and Let-Down Approach Simulator (LOLA), which at the time set back the space agency $2 million.

The high-tech simulator was designed to represent the view an Apollo astronaut would see if they were looking at the lunar surface just prior to establishing orbit of the moon.

The surface of the simulators moon was perfectly detailed owing to the precise maps NASA had produced for the ambitious Apollo program announced in 1961

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