Moon lander offers brand SMS immortality

Brands could soon ensure their name lives on forever by sending a text to the Moon that could survive in a ‘digital archive of human history’ for one billion years.

Digital storage space for text messages, photographs and videos is currently up for sale on the Lunar Mission One, which aims to monitor the Moon’s south pole with the hope of establishing a human base in the future. The ‘time capsule’ will contain a legacy of humanity which could survive even if the species doesn’t, reports.

The British-led not-for-profit organisation behind the probe hope to raise £500 million from the public, due to government funding for space missions becoming increasingly hard to come by. It is expected to take off from earth in ten years’ time, reports, and any unused funds will but put into a charitable trust dedicated to future space exploration.

Professor and television host Brian Cox is a supporter of the project, stating in a promotional video that the Lunar Mission One will generate inspiration and “huge economic benefits here on earth”.

Leader of the project, David Iron, said: “Anyone in the world will be able to get involved for as little as just a few pounds. Lunar Mission One will make a huge contribution to our understanding of the origins of our planet and the Moon.

“The project’s long term legacy will be a new way of funding space exploration.”