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LunarSail: Crowdfunded Lunar Spacecraft

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Posted 15 October 2013 - 03:37 PM

Crowdfunded Lunar Spacecraft Successfully Reaches Funding Milestone, Work Begins To Build Moon Orbiter

Innovative solar sail spacecraft will demonstrate new technologies for low-cost exploration beyond Earth orbit while allowing students and the public to explore the Moon’s environment


www.lunarsail.com said:

(TITUSVILLE, FL) – The Aerospace Research & Engineering Systems Institute, Inc. (Ares Institute), a non-profit organization on Florida’s famed Space Coast, is excited to announce the successful completion of the first phase of crowdfunding and conceptual development of a unique spacecraft to explore the Moon with the public and classrooms across the country.

Based in Titusville, FL, Ares Institute is a 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization dedicated to promoting space exploration and STEM education through hands-on educational projects and public outreach. Ares Institute created the LunarSailproject to involve students and the public in the excitement of space exploration and promote STEM education by collaborating to design and build a small spacecraft and place it in orbit around the Moon.

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