TO THE MOON, MARS, AND BEYOND

Many folks would like to see us back on the Moon and developing its resources.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

LUNAR MISSION ONE: A new lunar mission for everyone.

David asked if I had seen this link that refers to a new Kickstarter crowdfunding goal for a lunar mission?

I had not. Interesting read.  Not sure I would want to wait 10 years to put a strand of my hair on the Moon. (not much left right now)

Also posted on New Scientist.

The Kickstarter link.
- LRK -

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Lunar Mission One is the most inspirational lunar project since the Apollo landings and your chance to reserve your place in space.

Don’t just follow space exploration – be a part of it!

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If you read the Guardian post, check out the comments as well.
The question of "WHY" is raised.

I remember that when Lunar Prospector went to the Moon and crashed with cremates of Eugene Shoemaker aboard the Native Americans protested.
- LRK -

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@marillo Globe-News: News: NASA apologizes for sending scientist's ashes to moon 1/14/98

Posted: Wednesday, January 14, 1998

Web posted Wednesday, January 14, 1998

NASA apologizes for sending scientist's ashes to moon

The Associated Press

A NASA official promises the U.S. space agency will never be so insensitive again as to place cremated human remains on the moon without wide consultation.

"I give my commitment that if we ever discuss doing something like this again, we will consult more widely and we will consult with Native Americans," Peggy Wilhide, the agency's director of public affairs, said Monday night.

Navajo Nation President Albert Hale on Sunday protested placement of an ounce of the ashes of planetary scientist Eugene Shoemaker aboard the unmanned Lunar Prospector.

Shoemaker, of Flagstaff, Ariz., trained the Apollo astronauts in lunar geology in the 1960s and early 1970s and always yearned to fly to the moon. He died in a car crash last summer.
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Drilling a 5cm-wide borehole between 20 and 100 metres deep and collect samples of moon material that has never been studied before won't be easy.
This project will only be funded if at least £600,000 is pledged by Wed, Dec 17 2014 3:59 PM PST.

How many will be interested?  
 
Thanks for looking up with me.
- LRK -
HOUSTON, July 31, 1999 — Colleagues of a late researcher noted for his expertise on outer-space collisions came up with an astronomical way to honor his memory. A vial carrying an ounce of Eugene Shoemaker’s ashes slammed into a moon crater at 3,800 mph, riding shotgun along NASA’s Lunar Prospector science craft.

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The cylindrical container that carried Shoemaker’s remains was manufactured by Celestis Inc., a Houston company that has used commercial rockets to launch into space the cremated remains of 55 people, including “Star Trek” creator Gene Roddenberry and 1960s drug guru Timothy Leary.
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Leaving Earth to touch the cosmos is an experience few have ever known, but many have often dreamed of. Celestis makes it possible to honor the dream and memory of your departed loved one by launching a symbolic portion of cremated remains into Earth orbit, onto the lunar surface or into deep space. Missions into space that return the cremated remains to Earth are also available.
Join us at our launch events, and help bring the dream of spaceflight to reality by including a portion of your loved one's ashes aboard our next satellite. About Us...
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WHAT THE MIND CAN CONCEIVE, AND BELIEVE, IT WILL ACHIEVE - LRK -

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