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Launch Your Stuff to Lunar Frontier
Astrobotic, a private spaceflight company, is offering a new service whereby people around the world can fly their special item to the lunar surface. This service has been termed as MoonMail.
Representatives for Astrobotic, which are one of the competitors chasing the Google Lunar X Prize, are now asking all the interested Earthlings to buy a small capsule. In this small capsule they can fill their keepsakes, which will eventually be transported to the moon during the company's first lunar mission. The company has informed that it plans to launch its first mission sometime in the next two years.
John Thornton, Astrobotic CEO, during a teleconference on Thursday said, "Today marks the beginning of a new kind of participant on the moon: the individual. MoonMail is a new offering allowing anyone in the world to purchase space on our lander and immortalize their important keepsake on the moon forever".
The smallest of all moon capsule measures 0.5 inches across (1.3 centimeters), it costs somewhere around $460. Next is a 0.75-inch-wide (1.9-centimeter) capsule which costs $820. A 1-inch (2.5-centimeter) capsule costs $1,660. All the prices increase depending on the height chosen for the container.
The company is also offering one free capsule as a contest prize. For this the company is asking the people to submit their best ideas for what they want to send to the moon by December 23. Company representatives will select their favorite, most meaningful idea as the winner.
Once the items are finalized, Astrobotic will screen all these items just to make sure they none of them aren't potentially harmful to the spacecraft and its mission. The main goal of Astrobotic's first mission is to win the $30 million Google Lunar X Prize competition.