Wednesday, April 28, 2021

ONLY 3 DAYS REMAIN for You to Send Your Name to the Moon by Supporting the Iris Lunar Rover!

An artist's concept of the Iris Rover on the surface of the Moon.
Carnegie Mellon University

Just thought I'd re-share this cool crowdfunding campaign where you can send your name to the Moon by donating a generous contribution to the Iris lunar mission! This miniature, student-built rover is set to fly later this year aboard Astrobotic's Peregrine lunar lander...which is hitching a NASA-sponsored ride on the United Launch Alliance's newest rocket, the Vulcan Centaur. The students at Pittsburgh's Carnegie Mellon University (CMU)—which constructed Iris—are looking to gain extra funding to cover the final cost of this mission (which includes paying for vital pre-launch tests of flight components, as well as funding the operational cost of the project's Mission Control itself)...and they're looking to the general public for help in doing so. Their campaign goal is to reach at least $50,000 (they're currently at $39,411), and they have until SATURDAY, MAY 1 to achieve it. It will be up to CMU to decide whether or not the Iris Team can keep the money already donated if they fail to reach their goal.

So here is the link where you can make the dreams of many aspiring college students, who are clearly passionate about space exploration, a reality:

For your awesome donation—which can be as little as $50your name will be included with those of other benefactors (like me) on the flash memory aboard the Iris Rover! Ad lunam.

The Iris Rover undergoes testing inside a sandbox at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Carnegie Mellon University

An artist's concept of Astrobotic's Peregrine lander on the surface of the Moon.

The full-scale Structural Test Model for Astrobotic's Peregrine lander...which is set to head to the Moon aboard United Launch Alliance's Vulcan Centaur rocket later this year.

A screenshot from an animated video depicting the Vulcan Centaur rocket--which will launch the Peregrine lander to the Moon later this year--soaring into space.
United Launch Alliance

The Vulcan Centaur's Pathfinder Tanking Test booster is about to be installed atop its mobile launcher platform inside the Vertical Integration Facility at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida...on February 15, 2021.
United Launch Alliance

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