If you believed they put a man on the moon”, sang Michael Stipe in 1992. Well, we did – since 1969. However, a man needs a roof and from 2015 there will be a 3D printed house on the moon. It won’t be a NASA project, but a project led by a Swedish artist, called Mikael Genberg. He started the project by just calling the Swedish Space Corporation (SSC) and he now wants to send a house to the moon by 2015.
This spacey project already started 15 years ago, when Genberg found out about the SSC’s plans to construct a satellite to be launched into orbit around the moon. He became enthousiast about the idea to set up a real house on the moon. His idea was to construct a one-person cottage in a contemporary Swedish style. It is an art project, but it can also be seen as, er, one giant leap for mankind.
So why did it take him so long to continue this project? Well, there was and is an international financial crisis and due to a lack of budget, the project couldn’t be fulfilled. For years the art project had a low ranking on Genberg’s priority list. The digital revolution, however, changed this. Crowdfunding websites such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo have proven to be useful for many people in diverse sectors. Crowdfunding therefore became the new thing for Genberg, and he set up an entire website for his project The Moonhouse.
The project is what you call an ambitious one, as Genberg and his team aim to raise more than 15 million dollars from funding. The artist does present it in a very original way, by implementing a measurer telling a user the exact funding status. You can check out online how many meters already are funded, and every dollar donated is good for 25 meters to the moon. There will be a total of 384 million meters, as Genberg estimated, and he will need 10 million dollars for the journey. The remaining 5 million dollars will be spent on setting up the actual house.
Pledgers can get various rewards for their funds, such as the opportinity to get their name engraved inside of the house, to write a message on a digital wall on the moon or to attend the official launch party. 15 million is a lot of money, and there is a chance Genberg will not make it. However, all pledgers can get their money back – minus administration costs – in case the funding project does not reach its target. It is set to end this year’s November, but it might be extended.
The moon house project will then start in October 2015, which is 11 months after the final funding date. Pledgers can expect a 65 square feet building with red and white colors. Genberg will use 3D printing to create the house and he will only send a relatively small package to the moon, consisting of materials which can be inflated using pressured gas. Genberg has not yet told the public which methods he will precisely will be using, but he assures them this plan is well thought out.
Genberg has said that his small red house can be seen as a “symbol of prosperity and the symbol of thinking bigger thoughts, breaking new mental barriers, and actually making this planet a lot better.” Whether he fulfills his dreams or not, that’s for the future to tell us. As for now, you can watch an accompanying video supporting the project:
Credits images: The Moonhouse/ Mikael Genberg.