A British-led consortium has announced an ambitious space mission named Lunar Mission One that plans to land a robotic probe in the southern polar region of the moon in about a decade. The announcement continues a stream of innovative space developments.
The Lunar Mission One is unique, in that the project will be funded by money raised solely through donations from the public. In order to achieve this, the project is using the funding platform Kickstarter to finance the next phase of development. Kickstarter supporters will become inaugural members of the Lunar Missions Club and will be rewarded with a range of involvement, information and rewards including their own “digital memory box”. These memory boxes will eventually go on sale to the general public and all of them will be included in a time capsule to be buried on the moon as part of the mission.
Alongside these individual archives, the project is creating a public archive to go in the capsule: a digital record of life on Earth – of human history and civilisation and a scientific description of the biosphere with a database of species. Publicly owned and accessible to all, this archive is a hugely ambitious plan that could only be resourced by a project of this scale.
The scientific and technological rewards from Lunar Mission One will be many. It is backed by leading space scientists, such as Monica Grady at the Open University and Richard Holdaway at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. The mission is planning to land in the southern polar region of the Moon – a feat that has never been achieved before. Also, there is tantalising evidence in the polar regions of the Moon of huge reservoirs of water-ice – potentially delivered by comets and asteroids during 4.5 billion years of the moon’s geological history. Collecting and analysing material from lunar polar regions will contribute to our understanding of the sources of water on Earth.
More - Link >>> http://theconversation.com/british-choose-to-go-to-the-moon-with-kickstarter-crowdfunding-34103
Source: TheConversation.com .
Lunar Mission One Kickstarter Project:
Link >>> https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/lunarmissionone/lunar-mission-one-a-new-lunar-mission-for-everyone?ref=nav_search
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