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U.K. Group Crowdfunds Their Mission To The Moon, Details Here

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Lunar Mission OneYou really can crowdfund anything these days. Big filmmakers have turned to this avenue as a way to fund movies studios and other traditional investors pass over, all kinds of gadgets and gizmos would never see the light of day without this strategy, and you even see all kinds of businesses acquire their start up capital this way. You can even finance your trip to the Moon if you’re so inclined, which is a feat that one intrepid group of would be space explorers just successfully accomplished.

The U.K-based collection of scientists and engineers known as Lunar Mission One recently hit their target goal of 600,000 pounds (roughly $1 million U.S.) on Kickstarter, reaching their goal with more than a day to spare (they ultimately hit 672,000). With more than 6800 backers, their ultimate aim is to send a robotic probe to the surface of the moon in order to drill and perform research.

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UK’s Lunar Mission Will Explore The Possibility Of Building A Moonbase

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lunar mission oneHumans have been thinking about establishing a base on the moon for a long time — the first known articulation of the idea is in Bishop John Wilkins’ 1638 treatise A Discourse Concerning a New World and Another Planet. Arthur C. Clarke and Robert Heinlein have also explored the idea. The U.S. Army’s 1959 Project Horizon evaluated the plan to establish a lunar base by 1967. The U.S. Air Force also had such a plan. In 2004, George W. Bush pushed for a crewed return to the moon by 2020, with the intention of investigating the possibility of a lunar base. Russia, China, Japan, India, and the ESA all have long-range plans for a lunar base. All of this is a lot of talk, especially given that no one’s walked on the moon since 1972. But the UK recently announced its intention to do more than talk as part of its goals for Lunar Mission One.