In what is being described by its creators as the most inspirational lunar project since the Apollo landings, a new Kickstarter project aims to send an unmanned robotic landing module to an unexplored area of the moon.
The ambitious project gets better, however, as Lunar Missions Ltd plans to drill down to a depth of at least 20 meters and potentially as deep as 100 meters. Once complete, the spacecraft will bury a digital time capsule in the hole which should be preserved for roughly a billion years due to the conditions at the South Pole of the moon.
The primary goal of the mission isn’t to send selfies and poems to space but rather to learn more about the origins of our closest celestial body. The digital time capsule is just one of the ways the company plans to fund the endeavor.
As of writing, the UK-based Kickstarter has already raised nearly half of its £600,000 funding goal. The campaign is no doubt capitalizing on the renewed interest in space exploration brought about by the European Space Agency’s Rosetta probe. Said probe put a robotic lander named Philae on a comet last week following a 10-year journey through space.
A minimum pledge of £60 is all that’s needed to get space in the digital time capsule. Of course, don’t expect to see the mission take off anytime soon as the Kickstarter description says they’ll be raising funds for the next 10 years.