How does it all work?
Message to the Moon is a project presented by the International Space School Educational Trust (ISSET) in partnership with Odyssey Moon. Odyssey Moon was the first team to register for the Google Lunar X Prize competition - a challenge which called for privately-funded spaceflight teams to successfully launch to and land on the surface of the Moon.
(Odyssey Moon has a partnership with the International Space School Education Trust (ISSET) . to put a British science instrument on the Moon. ISSET is a registered UK charity whose mission is the utilization of space exploration to increase student and teacher motivation. The Company signed a Letter of Intent and is negotiating contracts with ISSET for the purchase of capacity as well a broader relationship to market payloads to educational institutions.)
Odyssey Moon are sending a probe to the Moon in late 2013/ early 2014 which will launch from Kourou Space Port in Guiana, South America. The probe will contain the first ever time capsule to be launched to the Moon.
When the messages arrive on the Moon, the location and time will be recorded and an e-certificate will be sent to all participants of the project.
Odyssey Moon Ventures Partners with NASA for Lunar Lander Development:
Lunar Lander Prototype – The Odyssey Moon “M-1” lunar lander will be adapted from the Common Spacecraft Bus developed at the NASA Ames Research Center. Pictured above is the Hover Test Vehicle used for ground testing.