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Charity seeks kickstart for moon mission

The Lunar Missions Trust has made a pitch to send an unmanned module to the moon on crowdfunding site Kickstarter, asking for pledges between £3 and £5,000 to help achieve its goal.

The trust’s mission is to drill to a depth of at least 20 metres at the moon’s south pole (and potentially to a depth of 100m) to facilitate understanding of the moon’s geological composition, as well as the relationship it shares with the Earth.To achieve this the trust is asking for £600,000.

The project has been underway for 7 years, having completed feasibility studies, costings and risk assessments, but the trust explains that it’s "reached the limit of what we can do part-time”. The funding is required to develop an instrument package and to get commercial partners on board.

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