A British group called Lunar Mission One has reportedly launched a Kickstarter campaign to ensure the donors’ posterity, adding that anyone who donated would “earn their place in space.” The group intends on going into space, drilling a hole in the moon, and placing a time capsule.
The time capsule will hold digital memory boxes and more. The ones interested are invited to leave music, photos or videos on the disc, thus helping create a chronicle of the people of Earth. Those offering more funding will leave more data, including DNA in form of a strand of hair.
The campaign currently has 25 days to go and they are nearly halfway to their goal. If the goal is reached, campaign backers will get the thank you gift that corresponds with the amount of money they donated. This dream can turn into reality for as little as $15.
“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 British engineer and city financier David Iron, who came up with the plan.
“The world class team of advisers 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.”
Kickstarter is one of the most popular websites for crowd-funding special projects. The second part of the project is exclusive to Kickstarter supporters.
In other words those who fund at least $90 or more will get a Digital Memory Box which will launch with the mission ten years from now. According to the Kickstarter page,
“You will be able to upload whatever digital information you want: a personal message, a photo, a family tree, a poem, a video, your favorite song … the choice is yours!”
Leeds scientist, Monica Grady, who is among researchers who have helped the European Space Agency (ESA) to successfully accomplish its Rosetta mission, will also lead the 782 million U.S. dollars Lunar Mission One. While talking about her role in Lunar Mission One, Grady said:
“Our aim is to go and drill on the Moon and look at the water on it in the same way we’re doing with the comet.”