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 begun. It offers 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. The discs 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. The project will help create a chronicle of the people of Earth. Those offering more funding will leave more data. This could include 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. The agency landed a washing machine-sized spacecraft on a comet that was 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?