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The Moon Builders - Lunar Orbit And Let-down Approach Simulator.
Painting - Acrylic On Canvas
The Moon Builders - Lunar Orbit and Let-Down Approach Simulator.
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 pilot of the LOLA was sat atop a gantry staring at a detailed visual encounter with the lunar surface.
The machine was built to boast a cockpit, a closed-circuit television system and four large murals or scale models which represented portions of the lunar surface as seen from various altitudes.
The would-be astronaut in the cockpit simulator would have seen the cratered lunar surface track past him on a revolving conveyor-belt which was supposed to accustom him to the visual clues a pilot would see upon arrival at the moon.
Built at Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, the LOLA was one of many projects dedicated to proving the success of the ambitious Apollo program announced by President Kennedy in 1961.
Copyright 2013 Simon Kregar
September 11th, 2013
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