Wednesday, November 19, 2014

LUNAR MISSION ONE: A new lunar mission for everyone.

David asked if I had seen this link that refers to a new Kickstarter crowdfunding goal for a lunar mission?

I had not. Interesting read.  Not sure I would want to wait 10 years to put a strand of my hair on the Moon. (not much left right now)

Also posted on New Scientist.

The Kickstarter link.
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Lunar Mission One is the most inspirational lunar project since the Apollo landings and your chance to reserve your place in space.

Don’t just follow space exploration – be a part of it!


If you read the Guardian post, check out the comments as well.
The question of "WHY" is raised.

I remember that when Lunar Prospector went to the Moon and crashed with cremates of Eugene Shoemaker aboard the Native Americans protested.
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@marillo Globe-News: News: NASA apologizes for sending scientist's ashes to moon 1/14/98

Posted: Wednesday, January 14, 1998

Web posted Wednesday, January 14, 1998

NASA apologizes for sending scientist's ashes to moon

The Associated Press

A NASA official promises the U.S. space agency will never be so insensitive again as to place cremated human remains on the moon without wide consultation.

"I give my commitment that if we ever discuss doing something like this again, we will consult more widely and we will consult with Native Americans," Peggy Wilhide, the agency's director of public affairs, said Monday night.

Navajo Nation President Albert Hale on Sunday protested placement of an ounce of the ashes of planetary scientist Eugene Shoemaker aboard the unmanned Lunar Prospector.

Shoemaker, of Flagstaff, Ariz., trained the Apollo astronauts in lunar geology in the 1960s and early 1970s and always yearned to fly to the moon. He died in a car crash last summer.

Drilling a 5cm-wide borehole between 20 and 100 metres deep and collect samples of moon material that has never been studied before won't be easy.
This project will only be funded if at least £600,000 is pledged by Wed, Dec 17 2014 3:59 PM PST.

How many will be interested?