Graphic by Richard Burgess
By Sarah Knapton
Mankind may have already accomplished the giant leap of walking on the Moon but a group of scientists and entrepreneurs is hoping to boldly go where no-one has gone before.
In arguably the most ambitious crowdfunded project ever attempted, a British team is planning to use public donations to fund a lunar landing.
Within ten years, they believe they can raise enough money to design, build and launch a spacecraft capable of not only travelling to the Moon, but drilling deep into its surface.
They also want to bury a time-capsule, containing digital details and DNA of those who have donated money to the venture as well alongside an archive of the history of Earth. Finally, the mission will assess the practicality of a permanent manned base at the lunar South Pole.
It may sound incredible, but ‘Lunar Mission One’ already has the backing from eminent space scientists at universities across Britain as well as former Conservative science minister Ian Taylor, Lord Martin Rees, the Astronomer Royal and UK Parliamentary Space Committee.
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