One of the greatest-and most ambitious-Kickstarter projects has just been funded, and even if you didn’t pledge, you’ve still got the chance to be part of an extraordinary event: space exploration!
Lunar Mission One has been in planning for seven years and is going to be an exploratory robotic mission to the Moon. Using innovative drilling technology, the mission will gather insights into the origins of the Moon and the Earth, by drilling at least 20 metres deep (deeper than has ever been drilled before) and up to 100 metres, to investigate lunar rock.
By “analysing rock that has been unaffected by cosmic radiation and meteor bombardment” the mission will provide an understanding of the origins and evolution of the Moon, the solar system and Earth. Didn’t think a Kickstarter was this innovative, did you?
But the overall awesomeness of the project doesn’t stop there. For those who pledged to support Lunar Mission One, space was reserved for them in a 21st century time capsule inside the borehole that will be drilled on the Moon (to preserve for about a billion years).
The time capsule space isn’t huge, as far as traditional time capsules go, but those who supported the mission on Kickstarter will be allowed either digital space (for data such as a photo, family tree, a poem, a video, or a favourite song), or a strand of your hair. Your very own DNA on the Moon, for a billion years!
If you take the data option, you’ll have to wait to see just how much data you can include on the mission, since that part of the development phase is yet to be finalised. However a single strand of hair is guaranteed to fit inside the capsule.
A ‘place in space’ cost pledgers as little as £60 ($AU140), but if you think you’ve missed your chance to be a part of this mission, think again! There will be opportunities to buy space over the next 10 years, which will also help secure longer-term funding for the mission.