Do-It-Yourself Space Science
Space-based research is expensive, complicated, and time-consuming. Just look at the James Webb Space Telescope, which has been under construction for nearly a decade and whose budget has swollen to almost $9 billion. These things will always be run by governments and corporations.
NanoSatisfi, the startup company behind the effort, is based at NASA's Ames Research Center in California (though NASA has no formal ties to the project). Last month, the group started a fundraising campaign on Kickstarter, a website that solicits donations from the general public. Their initial target was $35,000. When the campaign wound down last Sunday, the tally stood at $106,330.
Those donations came from 676 backers around the world.
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