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The result of 4 years of research, design, development and prototype.

MOON is the first topographically accurate lunar globe using some of the data gathered by the team of the Institute of Planetary Research (German Aerospace Center) working on the NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission.

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A Kickstarter success

The project was launched and successfully funded on Kickstarter in May 2016, raising more than £145K and enabling the production of the first batch.

A collaboration

MOON is a project by Oscar Lhermitte and Kudu.

Oscar Lhermitte is a multi-disciplinary designer who sees diversity as a driving force. His body of work ranges from industrial design to photography, video, exhibition curation, set design, art direction, and consulting.

Kudu (Alex du Preez and Peter Krige) focuses on technology led projects and specialises in the development of new electronic products. Their clients include Map Project Office, Hackaball, Beeline and BentoBio Works.

From space to your home

The data used to create an accurate model of the Moon are DTM (Digital Terrain Model) and are constructed from stereo images. Countless hours have been spent working on the file in order to achieve the correct scale of terrain, make it spherical and compatible for 3D printing.

Expertise in mold making

Each globe is rotocasted in pigmented polyurethane resin from the 3D printed master copy with a layer thickness of 100 micron.

Longitude 90ºE and 90ºW

The seam line of the mold is positioned precisely throughout longitude 90ºE and 90ºW, creating the demarcation between the Earth side and the Far side of the Moon.

Electronic and mechanical engineering

A computer with a built-in algorithm to track the path of the Moon around the Sun. Its real-time clock and gearing system make sure it is perfectly in sync with the actual Moon and Sun’s positions.

Attention to every detail

Anodised aluminium, space black CNC spun steel, fibre glass ring of LEDs. No stone left unturned.