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"The Moon Shines on all the Earth..."
The Open Luna Foundation aims to return mankind to the moon through private enterprise. Initial goals focus on a stepped program of robotic missions coupled with extensive public relations and outreach. Following these purely robotic missions, a short series of manned missions will construct a small, approximately 6 - 10 person outpost based on a location scouted by the robotic missions. This outpost will be open for anyone's use (private individuals to government agencies), provided they respect our ethical conduct and cultural heritage policies.
For now, Look at the Mission_Plan for different types of lunar missions, Launch Vehicle for some discussion on the launchers, Lunar Lander for the lunar lander options, and individual components for more specifics in hardware. Soon Crew Vehicle and Entry Vehicle should have some information.
Notes from OL Science Team meetings can be found at OpenLuna Science.
Your Moon. Your mission. Get involved.
For more general discussion or question asking, look in the discussion page first. You should also read all of the existing pages before starting any new ones. (Start with Mission_Plan) You should also look in the discussion pages before editing anything. (Edit with care. Read the Equipment design standards, editing protocols, the discussion pages for your topic and the Mission_Plan before editing anything.)
You should also note that we are breaking out some individual components here.
OL Science Team meetings will commence in Feb 2009. Please contact Melissa (contact info at ) if you have relevant expertise & would like to participate in future meetings. Meeting notes will be posted here: OpenLuna Science.
You might also check out our Book_List.
About the Google Lunar X-Prize
First note that we are not now, and do not ever plan on becoming a Google Lunar X-Prize team, even though we work with one. (and are open to working with others.) Having said that, The Google Lunar X PRIZE is a $30 million international competition to safely land a robot on the surface of the Moon, travel 500 meters over the lunar surface, and send images and data back to the Earth. Teams must be at least 90% privately funded and must be registered to compete by December 31, 2010. The first team to land on the Moon and complete the mission objectives will be awarded $20 million; the full first prize is available until December 31, 2012. After that date, the first prize will drop to $15 million. The second team to do so will be awarded $5 million. Another $5 million will awarded in bonus prizes. The final deadline for winning the prize is December 31, 2014. More can be found at GLXP website. In case they change the rules, see our plan to win as Mission_X But also see GLXP as to why we will not enter unless they do so.
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