"When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the creator," Mahatma Gandhi is thought to have said of the wonders in our solar backyard. The moon, an endless point of fascination for human curiosity, is a symbol of our ingenuity, our desire for exploration, and the natural human instinct to turn everything into a pile of hot garbage.
Since America conquered the moon and rendered it our property via eminent domain in 1969, we have turned the moon into a galactic landfill, replete with bags of vomit (yuck), a Lunar Roving Vehicle (the Cadillac of space cars), 100 2-dollar bills (unsure on lunar conversion rates), a Bible (every aliens need faith) and so much more. (See NASA's Trash Catalog here.)
No big deal, right? Totally! According to the BBC, the 1967 Outer Space Treaty that governs the moon ("governs" the moon) doesn't have a "Please pick up after yourself" clause. So littering all over the moon is not only American, but A-okay in the eyes of the law.
So why are we even talking about this? Because a British group called Lunar Mission One has launched a Kickstarter campaign to
dump more trash on the moon bury a lovely time-capsule just under the surface of the moon's south pole via unmanned drilling robot. It's part "Armageddon," part "National Treasure," part "Red Planet."
"This is your chance to be part of Lunar Mission One and to reserve your place in space," the group writes on its Kickstarter page. "Your pledge will reserve you a digital memory box that will be buried in the moon during the mission as part of a 21st Century time capsule."
The campaign so far has raised £292,684 (about $458,000) of its £600,000 goal from more than 3,000 backers, and has 26 days left.
Which, okay, fine. More power to 'em, let's confuse the heck out of our descendants 1,000 years from now by dropping like 26 copies of "Hitch" in there. But just as a reminder, here is a brief, non-comprehensive overview of the garb that this Kickstarter garb will call neighbors if it successfully reaches the moon, according to NASA:
- Bags of urine
- Bags of vomit
- A few of those Space Cadillacs
- Golf balls
- Empty food containers
- Wet wipes
- "Defecation Collection Device"
- Color Chart (?)
- "Boots, lunar, pro" (The Air Force Ones of space travel, probably)
- Towels (both red and blue, for cool space style)
- Tissue dispenser
- Nail clippers