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The Moonhouse - be a part of history

You can be a part of the first ever art installation on the moon - this crowdfunded project aims to land a self assembling red house on the lunar surface late in 2015.

The idea of The Moonhouse came to the Mikael Genberg around 15 years ago, however, it was put on hiatus 15 years ago due to funding issues. This year however they announced their ambitions to go through with the project with the help of a Kickstarter Project.



Genberg and others involved with the Swedish effort want to place a robotic, self-assembling, red house that is modeled after the kinds of homes seen through much of Sweden on the lunar surface. The team plans to send the project up to space in late 2015 atop SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket with the group Astrobotic — a private spaceflight team competing for the $20 million Google Lunar X Prize grand prize.

Before they can make it to the moon, the Moonhouse project needs help from people on Earth. Moonhouse project team is now attempting to raise more than $15 million in order to fund their trip to space. Every dollar contributed will bring the project about 25 meters closer to the moon, according to Genberg.

"It's a high-tech art project with the goal to inspire people on this planet. I would say it's about breaking mental boundaries," Genberg said during a news conference held in Sweden earlier in the year.

"We are going to build a house there for real, but it's all about breaking boundaries of what we think is possible to do together because this project is all about doing something together that should really be impossible.”

The Moonhouse is designed to fly to the moon folded up in a shoebox-sized package. After it is placed on the moon, the art installation will unfold and self-assemble as an 2.5 meters red house with white corners, a traditional design for many Swedish homes. It is expected to take anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes for the Moonhouse to assemble.


Watch Mikael Genberg talk about Moonhouse

Representatives with Astrobotic are planning on monitoring the assembly of the Moonhouse from the lunar surface using high-definition video cameras.

At the moment, Astrobotic's first destination is an area of the moon called Lacus Mortis. This particular part of the lunar surface harbors a special feature called a "moon pit," which could actually be an entry to a network of underground caves, according to John Thorton, CEO of Astrobotic. It's even possible that humans may live on the moon by using those caves as a shelter that protects from radiation, micrometeorite impacts and extreme temperature fluctuations, Thorton added.

"It could be that people could settle inside of these caves for the first time, and what better place to land the Moonhouse than right next to place where people could settle for a long time in the future," Thorton said.

Moonhouse representatives have set up a series of prizes for people that contribute to the crowdfunding effort online.

Contributors that spend $30 will gain access to a 3D drawing of the Moonhouse that can be printed using a 3D printer. People that pledge $50 will actually get their names engraved inside the real Moonhouse that will self-assemble on the lunar surface.

To learn more about the project and fund the lunar art installation, visit the Moonhouse website or its Kickstarter Page


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