. It will drill down to at least 20m – 10 times deeper than has ever been drilled before – and possibly as far as 100m. It will hopefully recover lunar rock that’s 4.5 billion years old. From that, it should be possible to find out the geological composition of the Moon, gain a deeper understanding of the early solar system, and ultimately the conditions that gave birth to life on earth.
As we say, ambitious.
While you can’t climb aboard the craft, you can reserve your very own memory box for £60, to which you can upload pretty much anything. This will be buried in the Moon, and will be preserved for about a billion years. If there’s life out there, it will find your silly videos and selfies.
There’s also a public archive to the time capsule which will provide an authoritative record of life on earth.
It has the backing of science bigwigs like Professor Brian Cox, astronauts, Astronomer Royal Lord Martin Rees, and the UK Parliamentary Space Committee.
The project has been planned for seven years, with everyone giving up their evenings and weekends to work on it. It’s seeking £600,000 to make it a reality over the next three years.