The Statue & Lunar Beacon

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The highlight of the monument would be the Astronaut/Cosmonaut statues which would face each other while standing on a round base resembling the Earth. The astronaut and cosmonaut would be holding up a lighted sphere called the Lunar Beacon.

The statues would also each be holding a large flowing flag to represent their respective countries.

The Statue

The park’s centerpiece would be two enormous statues with a lighted globe at its peak. The statue would consist of an astronaut and a cosmonaut facing each other while standing on a stone and water-filled base to represent the Earth.

The statue would be centered between two large granite and crystal walls detailing the efforts and achievements of both countries. The equipment used by the USA and USSR would also be detailed on the walls.

A number of American Spruce Hybrid trees would encircle the grassy area in the park. The trees would be descendants from the trees grown from seeds flown during the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project in 1975.

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The Statue’s Base

The base would contain a water basin in the center to represent Earth’s oceans. Concrete representations of Earth’s continents would be inside the basin. Along the inside edge of the base would be blue LED lights to illuminate the water basin at night.

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Around the base would be two beveled granite rings. The rings would be divided in half by two metallic stars. Each half would correspond to the positions of the statues.

The American half (under the astronaut) would contain the names of the Apollo astronauts who flew the missions. The Russian half (under the cosmonaut) would contain the names of the L1 and L3 cosmonauts selected to the lunar missions.

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The Lunar Beacon

The arms of the statues not holding a flag would reach upward to a large glass sphere. This sphere would be known as the Lunar Beacon and represents the Moon.

The beacon would contain a laser that will fire at a reflector on the Moon. The beam would bounce back from one of the Apollo mirrors left as part of the lunar scientific package. It would also have the option to bounce back from one of the Lunokhod’s reflectors from the lunar surface.

This laser would return to the Lunar Beacon. The beacon would be a sphere composed of clear and frosted glass with the features of the Moon etched into it.

Two alternatives include using a laser impulse being sent by an observatory already equipped to do lunar ranging or using a ham radio technique of bouncing a radio signal directly off the Moon itself (Earth-Moon-Earth Communications—EME).

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Inside the beacon would be a photo-sensitive switch that would trigger a LED array when making contact with the laser (or radio signal). In the event of inclement weather or unfavorable positioning of the moon, a standard electrical signal would be used to activate the Lunar Beacon’s lighting system.

The resulting light would illuminate Terra Luna Park at night and be a spectacular sight for the area.