From the Earth to the Moon—a Jules Verne Update

The PocketSpacecraft could finally enable the broader public to explore space at a very modest cost. The first mission will be to the moon, while later launches will target more distant spheres. However, it is not the person who travels into space, but a small, customized thin-film disk controlled via a home computer or using the Pocket Mission Control app. A hundred volunteers and experts from 20 countries have been working on this open-source space mission since 2009. The necessary financial resources are being collected via crowdfunding.

Thousands of PocketSpacecrafts will be launched simultaneously aboard a commercial rocket, to be released at the planned destination. Each tiny spacecraft measures only eight centimeters in diameter and weighs just a few micrograms. Onboard solar cells power its instruments. The collected data is then sent to an orbiting craft that relays it back to Earth. Participants can follow, analyze and share their personal space missions!


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