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Please join us for a press conference Monday, June 23, 2014 at 1:30 P.M. EST at the National Press Club for the official launch of the Time Capsule to Mars™ (TC2M) mission, the world’s first and largest crowdfunded, student-led interplanetary mission. The mission will design, launch and land a ‘time capsule’ on the surface of Mars.
Time Capsule to Mars™, spearheaded by two Duke University students and backed by the non-profit Explore Mars, aims to land three CubeSats (small satellites for space research) on the Red Planet. Each satellite will contain a terabyte of data that will act as a digital ‘time capsule’ carrying messages, photos, audio clips and video contributed by tens of millions of people from all over the globe. The capsule will remain a vessel of captured moments of today’s human race on Earth in 2014, to be rediscovered by future colonists of the Red Planet.
Time Capsule to Mars™ has already secured support from some of the biggest organizations in the space industry, among them NASA, Lockheed, Boeing, ATK, Aerojet Rocketdyne, Draper Laboratory, Orbital Sciences, Deep Space Industries, and others. It also has the backing of many of the nation’s top technical universities, including Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford, Duke, University of Connecticut and the University of California, Santa Cruz. The project counts among its advisers astronauts Buzz Aldrin, Kent Rominger and Charlie Precourt.
TC2M is a project of the non-profit Explore Mars (www.exploremars.org
). Read more about our mission here, follow us @TimeCapsuleMars or #TC2M