MOONS is being built by 10 different institutions, spread across six different countries. The project is being managed by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) at the UK Astronomy Technology Centre in Edinburgh. The consortium partners are each building different parts of the instrument all of which will be brought together and assembled in Edinburgh, before the instrument is tested and shipped to the telescope.

The Principal Investigator for the project is Michele Cirasuolo who is based at ESO.

The co-PI’s each representing a different contributing country are:

Chile: L. Vanzi (AIUC)
France: H. Flores (GEPI, Paris)
Italy: E. Oliva (INAF)
Portugal: J. Afonso (IA)
Switzerland: M. Carollo (ETHZ) and S. Paltani (Université de Genève)
UK: O. Gonzalez (UK ATC) and R. Maiolino (Cambridge)

The main ESO point of contact regarding MOONS is Peter Hammersley.

A list of our industrial partners can be found here.