UK Kickstarter project wants to send your DNA to the moon

The Moon

A British Kickstarter campaign plans to land a probe on the moon in 10 years.

It has been almost 43 years since the last time humans explored the surface of our moon.

There are still so many unanswered question about the big dusty rock that illuminates our midnight sky and a new British-led project wants to take us back there.

Lunar Mission One is hoping to raise a staggering £500 million through public donations in order to make the ambitious project a reality.

The consortium have set up a Kickstarter campaign in order to raise an initial £600,000 and have already hit the £100,000 mark. In return for generous pledges, donators will be able to have their own digital 'memory boxes' buried in a special time capsule under the moon's surface.

Text messages, pictures, music and videos are just some of the media that donators can upload into their memory boxes, and if you fancy being immortalised in space forever you can even have a strand of your hair sent up.

It's this initiative that Lunar Mission One hope will capture the imagination of people all over the world, the same way the recent Rosetta project did, and help them to reach their funding goals.

What does the mission want you to pay for a memory box? A message will set you back a few quid, a compressed photo will cost around £20-£30 and a compressed video will cost £200. Hair strands, which they say will last approximately one billion years in space, are surprisingly cheap costing only £50.

As well as the digital memory boxes, the lander will also take up a digital archive of human history and science, that should survive in space much longer than our species will on earth.

The plan has the backing of many high-profile scientists and organisation including the likes of Prof Brian Cox, Astronomer Royal Lord Rees and Prof Monica Grady of the Open University.

The mission won't only act as a legacy for the human race but it will also be conducting scientific experiments. Lunar Mission One's aim is to drill further into the moon than anyone has ever done before; the current furthest is two metres but they want to go down 100 metres.

Project leader, David Iron is quoted by the BBC as saying: "Anyone in the world will be able to get involved for as little as just a few pounds. Lunar Mission One will make a huge contribution to our understanding of the origins of our planet and the Moon.

"The project's long-term legacy will be a new way of funding space exploration.

"Rather than just watching the mission, people can be directly involved, not just through funding but helping to make key decisions such as the selection of the landing site or what should be included in the public archive."

Lunar Mission One hope to land their probe on the Moon's south pole by 2024.