Angela Lamont travelled to Technoport 2015 in Trondheim, Norway's technology capital, to explain why Lunar Mission One turned to crowdfunding to pay for space research.
Since Technoport 2015, progress on Lunar Mission One has continued thanks to the money raised on Kickstarter. The project team will soon announce the next range of projects to support the mission.
"We've already announced that we're the key sponsor for Space Week in October and that we're taking part in "Skylight", the global science opera taking place live online in October," Angela told Technoport.
Here's a reminder of the presentation, which contains some fascinating insights into not only funding research, but funding absolutely anything using crowdfunding.
"We think Lunar Mission One is the most inspirational, inclusive and collaborative space project ever. We hope to find out the secrets about how the moon was born and more about he birth of the earth and the solar system. We think maybe about 4,500,000,000 years ago a large object in space about the size of Mars collided with a very young earth and knocked a chunk off it. That debris formed the moon, started orbiting the earth and there you go! But noone has really proven that yet. There are other theories out there that have not been disproven."
"What we are going to do is send a non-profit space mission to the moon to analyse the moon’s geology. We are concentrating on the unexplored south pole of the moon. We are going to drill down deep into the moon, at least twenty metres. When we look at the 4,500,000,000 year rocks, we will know more about the moon and the solar system."
"When we’ve drilled the hole, we are going to put something back. An archive of life on earth, and a collection of millions of private digital time capsules."