Following the Rosetta mission’s successful landing of the European probe Philae on a comet last week, a UK-based team is wasting no time attempting to capitalize on the renewed focus on space exploration. Lunar Missions, Ltd. conducted its own launch… of a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter to raise funds for its plan to land a robotic probe on the lunar south pole and bury a time capsule there.
Turns out the calculation to raise funds for such a project now may have been quite savvy, as the campaign has already pulled in over £200,00 (about $313,000) — or just over one third of its goal — in its first 24 hours.
The mission isn’t just about placing humanity’s most impractical time capsule yet, of course. Organizers hope that a robotic lander with the ability to drill between 20 and 100 meters into the surface of an unexplored area of our lone satellite will produce some interesting science, too.