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Time Capsule to Mars launches crowdfunding campaign

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Time Capsule to Mars™ (TC2M), a project of nonprofit Explore Mars, is the first student-led mission to Mars and aims to send a digital time capsule to Mars by 2019. To help raise the estimated $25 million for the mission, Time Capsule to Mars recently launched the largest crowdfunding campaign in history. With the help of millions of people, the TC2M team will design, launch, fly and land a CubeSat-based spacecraft on the surface of Mars, carrying digital content to be discovered by future human explorers of the Red Planet.

The mission will memorialize the time capsule’s keepsakes of the human race on Earth in the current decade and connect people from all backgrounds and from across the globe. Those interested in being a part of it can upload content in the form of an image, text, audio or video to Time Capsule to Mars’ website for 99 cents each (up to 10 megabytes).

“We will make history by connecting humanity’s shared experience with the first pioneers to walk on Mars,” said Emily Briere, Time Capsule to Mars founder, mission director and Duke University senior. “This mission is bigger than any one university, one company or one country. We have come together to unite and inspire humanity under one mission, as one race, in the spirit of global cooperation and peace as we collectively seek to colonize the first off-world planet.”

Along with being the largest crowdfunding project, Time Capsule to Mars will also be the first private mission to Mars, the first interplanetary CubeSat mission, and the first mission of its kind to test critical new technologies in propulsion and networking.

Time Capsule to Mars is supported by leading organizations and individuals in government, academia and the private sector including ATK, Aerojet Rocketdyne, Deep Space Industries, Draper Laboratory, Duke University, Lockheed Martin, MIT, NASA, Remarkable Technologies, Stanford University, UConn and Uwingu.

Watch the video of Time Capsule to Mars announcing the crowdfunding campaign and describing the mission at a press conference on June 23, 2014.

For updates on the mission, follow Time Capsule to Mars on Twitter, Google+Facebook or visit www.timecapsuletomars.com.

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