Lunar Mission One sponsor Richard Buckland and CMO Allan Fraser-Rush will be at Young Scientists Journal’s 2015 Conference giving a lecture/workshop, so to whet your appetite we thought we’d tell you a little more about the most inspirational mission to the Moon since the Apollo Landings.
Lunar Mission One is an exploratory robotic mission that plans to send an international robotic lander to the South Pole of the Moon – an area unexplored by previous missions. It will use innovative drilling technology to drill down to a depth of at least 20m – 10 times deeper than has ever been drilled before, to access lunar rock dating back up to 4.5 billion years and carry out scientific experiments that will provide significant new insights into the origins and evolution of the Moon and Earth.
As Public funding for these types of mission is limited, Lunar Mission Once has made use of Kickstarter crowdfunding – which includes sales of space in an innovative 21st century time capsule, which will be buried on the moon as part of the mission – to finance the mission, meaning anyone from around the world can get involved for as little as a few pounds and send something of themselves to the moon. Lunar Mission One successfully raised over $1 million (USD) on Kickstarter and was reported in the media all around the world, the campaign attracted over 7,000 backers from over 70 countries. Lunar Mission One is being heralded as the most inspirational mission to the Moon since the Apollo Landings and has now entered its first phase of development.
Throughout the mission, from research phase to launch date and beyond, there will be an educational programme, co-ordinated with Young Scientists Journal. This will encourage participation from schoolchildren all over the world inspiring them to think, write, and collaborate about mission through Young Scientists Journal’s existing science communication platform; this presents the opportunity for students to drive the actual science, making decisions about many aspects of the mission itself.
Find out more about Lunar Mission One at our science and communication conference for 14-18 year olds on 14th October 2015