Crowd-Funding a Moon Mission
Lunar Mission One is an innovative proposal to send a robotic spacecraft to the south pole of the Moon within the next ten years. The project is unique in several respects. Not only will it visit a part of the Moon never visited before, which will be of major scientific interest, but it also aims to drill to a depth of 20-100 m below the surface, which is far deeper than ever before attempted. Moreover, the mission is unique in that it will be funded through public subscription, and has already raised over one million dollars through a web-based crowd-funding campaign. This talk will address the science drivers behind Lunar Mission One, the proposed time-line for mission development, and the details of the crowd-funding model on which it is based.
About Ian Crawford
Ian Crawford is an astronomer turned planetary scientist, and is currently Professor of Planetary Science and Astrobiology at Birkbeck College, University of London. The main focus of his research is in the area of lunar exploration, including the remote sensing of the lunar surface and the laboratory analysis of lunar samples. He is a strong advocate for the renewed human exploration of the Moon, and acts as a scientific advisor on lunar exploration for the European Space Agency and for the publicly-funded Lunar Mission One proposal.