Space & Astronomy
Moon mission to be funded by Kickstarter
By T.K. Randall
November 19, 2014 · 12 comments
The mission will be paid for by crowdfunding. Image Credit: Lunar Mission One
A British company is hoping to raise enough money through crowdfunding to land a robot on the moon.
Lunar Mission One is aiming to raise at least £600,000 for the developmental phase of a mission that would see a spacecraft land at the moon's south pole. Once there it would use a special drill to investigate rocks dating back over 4.5 billion years.
To help raise funds the company behind the project will be offering the opportunity for people to have information about themselves preserved in a "digital memory box" that will be left on the moon like a time capsule for future generations.
"Governments are finding it increasingly difficult to fund space exploration that is solely for the advancement of human knowledge and understanding as opposed to commercial return," said project founder David Iron.
"The world class team of advisors and supporters we have assembled will address this issue and crucially, anyone from around the world can get involved for as little as a few pounds."
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