Lunar Mission One announced

Crowd funding for the project prepares for lift-off


Lunar Mission One will attempt to drill deep into the Moon's surface

Credit: Lunar Mission One

Today, 19 November, Lunar Mission One, an exciting new venture to the Moon, was announced at the 12th annual ReInventing Space Conference at the Royal Society, London.

This ambitious endeavor will be initially funded through Kickstarter, a novel way of both gaining much needed revenue and giving people the opportunity to get involved with an exciting new foray into space.

The hope is that within 10 years, Lunar Mission One will land at the Moon’s South Pole and drill to a depth of at least 20 metres giving an amazing insight into the evolution of the Moon and planet Earth. This unprecedented exploration will also give scientist a better idea of the likelihood of a permanent lunar base.

By pledging a donation to the project via Kickstarter, supporters will gain access to a range of perks depending on the amount donated including Meet the Experts events, lifetime membership to the Lunar Missions Club, and even the chance to have their name inscribed on the landing module.

Lunar Mission One will also carry with it a time capsule with a comprehensive history of civilisation and life on Earth.

The mission hopes to bring together many different nations to work on the project, and has already had interest from Europe, Russia, the USA and China.

“There are questions that we can only answer on the Moon,” says Richard Holdaway from RAL Space that is among a number of institutions supporting the project.

“This is a science led mission. It’s about answering some of the imponderable questions about where we came from.”

“One of the things we continuously say is that we need to inspire our children to get more involved in science and engineering, and there is no better way to do that than the space program,” says Holdaway.

“They’ll be able to watch online and participate directly. Teenagers now will be working in their careers in 5-10 years time and could work on the project.”


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