Would you pay to put your music on the moon? A picture of Earth taken by Apollo 11 astronauts in 1969, while in orbit around the moon (NASA photos)
Would you pay to put your music on the moon?
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It's the moon mission for the masses.

A project to fund a private lunar exploration mission has gotten underway, offering the public the chance to take part.

For as little as $15, Lunar Mission One gives the public a chance to buy space on memory discs that will be buried in a hole drilled into the lunar surface.

The public will be invited to leave music, photos and videos on the discs, helping create a chronicle of the people of Earth. Those offering more funding will leave more data, including DNA in the form of a strand of hair.

The mission plans to land a spacecraft on the moon in 10 years. It will drill a hole at least 21 yards but possibly as deep as 109 yards to access lunar rock that is billions of years old.

It will use crowd-funding platform Kickstarter to finance its development phase.

"We have carried out research and been quite surprised by how keen people are," said David Iron, a British engineer. "School kids think the idea of having a bit of themselves on the moon is fantastic."

Lunar Mission One hopes to tap into the excitement surrounding the European Space Agency's recent historic first, landing a washing machine-sized spacecraft on a comet speeding through our solar system at 41,000 mph.

Critical thinking challenge: Why is Lunar Mission One only offering a chance to bury data on the moon? Why arent they offering a guarantee?

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COMMENTS (23)
  • victoriam1666
    12/01/2014 - 08:32 a.m.

    sending memories to the moon is the greatest idea since Swiss cheese . although it is a great idea they do not guarantee that your stuff might be sent. they offer a chance for your objects to be buried but the don't guarantee it . but if circumstances where too change i would most definitely sen patd to the moon while they sing northern downpour .

  • LuzV3
    12/01/2014 - 10:34 a.m.

    I think this is cool because people will be sending discs and things of them they would be paying $15 dollars this idea is fantastic.

  • taelord stone
    12/01/2014 - 02:50 p.m.

    i would pay because it will be kind of cool to be listening to my music play on the moon in i can be jamming out to all me buy drake and wont back down by eminem

  • DavidB147
    12/01/2014 - 02:51 p.m.

    I think putting music on the moon would be cool but i would not pay for my music to go up there because who's going to here it all the way up there? I mean Sure maybe some astronauts may go up there and play it but other than them who? Also i wouldn't see or hear it again.

  • 5EthanS
    12/01/2014 - 08:32 p.m.

    Lunar Mission One is only offering a "chance" to bury data on the moon because of a few reasons. The first is that the mission might not get fully funded. The mission isn't guarantied to happen since crowd funding isn't a predictable thing. Another reason that it's only a chance is because of the limited space on the disks. If they run out of disk space then only the higher paying people will get their space. And finally it's only a chance because the mission could be unsuccessful. Space exploration is a hard thing to do, lots of engineers and scientists have to work on the mission and the tiniest error could result in a failed mission. That's a few reasons why it's only a chance that the data will be on the moon.

  • ljordan-Cla
    12/03/2014 - 12:03 p.m.

    no because the moon cant listen to music and how doing to u going to put speakers up there any way see thats doing the most

  • aknight-Cla
    12/03/2014 - 12:08 p.m.

    I would not pay to put my music on the moon because their is no one up their to listen to it and that's just a waist of money

  • CapeleyZ-1
    12/04/2014 - 12:24 a.m.

    A private lunar exploration mission is asking the public if they want a piece of themselves on the moon. The Lunar Mission, that is planned to land in ten years, is giving people a chance to pay just fifteen dollars to send up a disk of something, such as music or photos, to be buried into the moon. There is also a chance, for a higher price, to send up a piece of DNA, like a strand of hair. Crowd-funding platform, Kickstarter, is going to be supporting the mission financially. I think that this is very cool. I would definitely do this, just to know that there is a possibility that at some point at time, future species can see how we live in the 21st century.

  • reedh-4
    12/04/2014 - 04:47 p.m.

    For a special trip to the Moon, the Lunar Mission One will be publicly funded to launch. For a measly $15, the space craft will have a little pier of what ever the person wants to put in. Music, DVD's, and even strands of hair. The more you pay, the more space you will have. It will be placed by drilling at least 21 yards into its surface. I think this is a great way to raise money for the trip and is a great way to make the public more involved. The idea of leaving a little piece of "you", really makes the public happy. I hope the mission goes as planned.

  • EW2001blue
    12/15/2014 - 01:05 p.m.

    They are offering a chance instead of a guarantee because its not certain that the DNA or whatever is going to get put on the moon. plus everyone wouldn't get the chance to put something on the moon anyways so that's why they are offering a chance and not a guarantee.

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