Scarlett Madison Scarlett Madison is a mom and a friend. She blogs for a living at Social News Watch but really prefers to read more than write. Find her on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.

The UK wants to crowdfund a mission to the moon

1 min read

A team of plucky Brits has decided to make its way to the moon using funds gathered from the public via Kickstarter. The rather ambitious plan aims to raise £500 million (around $800 million) for the project via donations made by the public. The planned mission, known as Lunar Mission One, will set a robotic probe down on the moon’s surface in ten years’ time. In returns for donations, members of the public will be able to place photos, text and their DNA sequences in a time capsule, which will be buried beneath the moon’s surface. As well as, you know, kudos for helping a mission whose aim is to survey the Moon’s south pole, to assess whether humans could ever live there.

A British-led consortium has outlined its plans to land a robotic probe on the Moon in 10 years’ time. Its aim is to raise £500m for the project from donations by the public. In return, donors would be able to have photos, text and their DNA included in a time capsule which will be buried under the lunar surface. The plan has received the endorsement of a host of well-known scientists and organisations. These include Prof Brian Cox, the Astronomer Royal Lord Rees, and Prof Monica Grady of the Open University. David Iron, who is leading the project, said he was setting up the initiative because governments were increasingly finding it difficult to fund space missions. “Anyone in the world will be able to get involved for as little as just a few pounds. Lunar Mission One will make a huge contribution to our understanding of the origins of our planet and the Moon,” he said. The team hope to raise £600,000, using the international crowd funding web service Kickstarter, in the next four weeks to fund the initial phase of the project. For the next four years, funds will be received through contributions from the public, who will be able to buy digital storage space on the lander for their own personal text messages, pictures, music and videos. They will also be able to pay for an immortality of sorts by sending up a strand of their hair, which the project team claim could survive for one billion years.

Source
Avatar of Scarlett Madison
Scarlett Madison Scarlett Madison is a mom and a friend. She blogs for a living at Social News Watch but really prefers to read more than write. Find her on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.

2020 is shaping up to be a massive year…

Mars has become the main focus of every major space agency in the world, and unlike the Space Race of the 20th-century, Russia and...
Avatar of Alfie Joshua Alfie Joshua
48 sec read

NASA is preparing to unlock the secrets of the…

It’s been almost twenty-six years since the Hubble Space Telescope was launched into space, and in that time, some of the most-important breakthroughs in...
Avatar of Chastity Mansfield Chastity Mansfield
1 min read

Elon Musk wants to have humans on Mars within…

Elon Musk is nothing if not ambitious, especially when it comes to the future of space. At a startup festival in Hong Kong on Tuesday,...
Avatar of Scarlett Madison Scarlett Madison
1 min read

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *