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Kickstarter and Lunar Mission One

With the call to action "a new lunar mission for everyone" the Kickstarter campaign secured the funds to begin the journey of mankind's first international exploration of space

The Campaign

Kickstarter brought supporters from over 60 countries around the world to back Lunar Mission One

The first Kickstarter campaign laid the foundation for what I and all its supporters hoped would be a ten year endeavour into the vacuum of space. The project was funded by the public and fired by an insatiable thirst for knowledge about our world and nearest neighbour.

"Lunar Mission One planned to bring space exploration to us all. A truly exciting scientific endeavour – one that promised new insights into the ancient history of the Moon and an understanding of its relationship with our own planet. For children, young people and adults alike, there are few things more capable of inspiring wonder than the mysteries of space.

Lunar Mission One had the potential to rekindle our wonder about our closest neighbour, the Moon, which still holds so many secrets. This Mission dared to remind us that some of the most interesting questions yet to be answered about space, can be answered this close to home. Lunar Mission One encouraged us to wonder about our own place in time, as part of the history and future of the Universe."

Stephen Hawking

Lunar Mission One Touchdown
The images above were created by the Lunar Mission One team.

Criticism of Lunar Mission One

On 26 Jan 2019, three years nine months after the Kickstarter campaign, an announcement was made halting the project.

Despite its promise, the management of the Lunar Mission One Trust continually failed to ensure the delivery of many of their original commitments as described on Kickstarter. This resulted in some backers publicly calling for a refund.

It is deeply unfortunate that so many who felt such passion and commitment for the project's aims were so badly let down. I continue to believe the original vision and scope of the project has the potential to act as a way of bringing the people of the world together. Sadly, the project was not left in the hands of people who made wise judgements or decisions about its progress and funding.

I will update this page once I have had time to reflect on the failures of Lunar Mission One.