Four teams of students from countries around the world took the controls of our Helelani rover last month, July 20, to conduct a simulated lunar mission as part of a tele-robotics lunar event hosted in the U.S. and Canada. Organized by the Moon Village Association (MVA), the online event included university students from Pakistan, India, Austria, and Costa Rica. 

Three Austrian students smiling in front of their computer.
Students in Austria drive the Helelani planetary rover in Hawaiʻi remotely.

Being a cultural melting pot and home to some of the best lunar analog environments, Hawaii was a perfect fit for the first-time event. PISCES, the International Moonbase Alliance, and Canada-based Mission Control Space Services were partners in the event.

MVA organized the simulated mission for schools and universities as part of a series of global events for International Moon Day to encourage global collaboration and cooperation in and around lunar exploration.