The Project Mora Moon Museum is in homage to the original Moon Museum. Smuggled on-board the Apollo 12 mission of 1969 was a half-inch ceramic wafer containing artistic etchings by Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, David Novros, John Chamberlain, Claes Oldenburg, and Forrest Myers.
The Moon Museum of 1969 is considered to be the first ever Space Art object and is representative of the successes of publicly-funded 20th century space programs. Similarly, Project Mora is indicative of the next wave of private sector 21st century space programs.
In early 2019, all moon museum contributions will be transferred to a data-storage capsule fabricated in Louisville, KY. This capsule will then be transported to Pittsburgh, PA to be integrated into Astrobotic's Peregrine Lander system. The moon museum will live alongside dozens of other memorabilia in Astrobotic's MoonBox section of the lander. The Peregrine Lander will achieve lunar capture in early 2020 via a ULA Atlas V rocket. All steps in reaching the Moon are privately funded, reflecting the changing landscape of space systems and transportation.
From Latin roots meaning to delay, wait, and preserve, Project Mora is pushing the limits on how we build museums. Rather than limit contributions to select artists, we're crowd-sourcing cultural artifacts. Rather than have physical exhibits, everything is digital. And rather than allow immediate admission, we're delaying admissions until the next lunar explorers arrive.
We're looking to send a truly accurate depiction of early 21st century life to the moon. Cultural artifacts that may seem insignificant now are oftentimes much more important for study in the decades and centuries that come. Project Mora is about delivering diversity in thought, expression, and identity to lunar explorers of the future.