Lunar Mission One Education Pilot Programme

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The purpose of the Lunar Mission One project is to create an epic record of life on Earth that everyone can be part of!

Lunar Mission One (LM1) plans an international project with the aim of sending an unmanned robotic spacecraft to land at the south pole of the Moon. It drills down 20-100 metres to collect and analyse lunar rock up to 4.5 billion years old age. In addition, it assesses the South Pole’s suitability for a permanently manned base in the future, and also investigates the Moon’s potential for deep space radio astronomy. Once the drilling is complete, it places an epic record of “Life on Earth” as a digital time capsule in the borehole to last there for a billion years. Anyone, anywhere, can include their own personal “digital memory box” alongside the principal archive. The mission is managed commercially, under public authority, and for the benefit of a non-profit trust created to fund space science and exploration. It takes three years to set up the contractual arrangements before the main development of the mission technology can proceed. The mission is expected to take place around the year 2024.

LM1 foresees a very large-scale global education programme that allows children to benefit from the many opportunities to participate in the project. Most of all, they can freely contribute to the information in the “Life on Earth” archive, from human civilisation and the history of the world to a database of biological life on Earth. Students can record and learn about their local area – its culture, history, geography and wildlife. They can also learn about, and even contribute to, the science and engineering of the mission itself, such as the technology of the archive, the lunar science and the instruments to be carried, the spacecraft’s robotics and drilling, the spaceflight from launch to precision landing, the future of space exploration and the future of humankind and planet Earth.

To prepare for the main education programme, LM1 plans a pilot programme lasting about three years. It seeks a few pilot schools from each major culture around the world, to test ideas for schools to find out what works best for their local curriculum. The ideas can cover many areas, from culture to science and technology, and for any age and ability. Each pilot school gets the opportunity to shape LM1’s educational programme in its country, and to involve its students from an early stage of the project. With the teachers’ agreement, classwork can be recognised within the archive and attributed to the students. Pilot schools can use their local language, but LM1 asks for one school in each country to be able to communicate in English with the schools of other countries, and with LM1’s project management.


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