A company based in Pittsburgh has created a new service called MoonMail. MoonMail sends personal items to Moon and will give everyone the chance to take part in the program. The Astrobotic Technology firm is going to offer people the opportunity to send their mementos on the lunar surface. The company intends to fund the development of MoonMail by providing the chance to take items on the surface of the moon varying from $460 to $26,000.
The MoonMail will be made up of a prepaid charge to mail personal items to Astrobotic, together with a map of the landing site on the Moon, a certificate of authenticity stating the items as space pioneers in the first ever commercial landing on the surface of the Moon and a photo of the Moon Pod on the lunar surface.
All the mementos gathered from people will be put inside of the Moon Pod that will be installed on the Astrobotic lunar lander which will stay on the surface of the Moon for future generations to come.
CEO of Astrobotic, John Thornton said that individuals from all around the world are able to send their personal items on the Astrobotic lunar lander. MoonMail will create history becoming the first commercial landing on the Moon’s surface.
“With the starting price at $460, this exciting new offering from Astrobotic is an opportunity to commemorate major life events – graduations, weddings, birthdays, a loved one’s memory – with a lasting symbol on the Moon”
The company Astrobotic is a contractor of NASA and is also an official partner in the Lunar Catalyst program with the American Space Agency. Astrobotic, together with its partner, the Carnegie Mellon University is holding the Google Lunar XPRIZE and planned to start the first mission within the next couple of years. The first mission of Astrobotic will be to land in the Lacus Mortis on the surface of the Moon, near a pit and also to show an unmatched landing precision.
Astrobotic is hosting a contest with a 1 x 0.125 inch capsule as prize which will launch with the first MoonMail shipment. Astrobotic will choose the most interesting, poignant and creative idea submitted in the contest as the winner.