« Here Man completed his first explorations of the Moon, December 1972 AD. May the spirit of peace in which we came be reflected in the lives of all mankind. »
Those were the words engraved on a plaque attached to the ladder of the Apollo 17 Lunar Module (LEM).
On December 14th 1972, Gene Cernan scribbled his daughter’s initials in the Moon dust of Taurus Littrow and then joined geologist Harrison Schmitt in the LEM. A few minutes later, the take off of the last men who walked on the Moon, was captured by a remotely controlled video camera placed on the rover.
left on the surface
will remain intact
Lunar Rovers, LEM Descent Stages, American flags were left behind by the astronauts of six Apollo missions. With very little erosion, those items left on the surface will remain intact… for the millions of years to come. They will stand as frozen testimonies: evidence of us, our past and our craving for exploration.
On Earth, very few of our cultural artefacts are expected to survive that long.
Mankind itself is very likely to evolve or disappear.
A Brief Vignette Of Humanity
Forty five years after Apollo 17, a mission lead by PT scientists and Audi will visit this last landing site, the Lunar Rover, the descent stage, the traces left by men on the sand of our Satellite.
Created in 2007, the mission of the Google Lunar XPRIZE is to incentivize space entrepreneurs to create a new era of affordable access to the Moon and beyond.
The Audi Moon Rovers
will also cary a message :
The competition’s $30 million prize purse will be awarded to teams who are able to land a privately funded rover on the moon, travel 500 meters, and transmit back high definition video and images. Today, PT Scientists from Germany are 1 of 5 teams favored to land twin rovers on the Moon until 2017.
Like the Lunar Plaques left by the Apollo missions, the Audi Moon Rovers will also cary a message : the Sanctuary.
A message intended for our descendants, in the millions of years to come.
Shall they visit —once more- the plains of Taurus Littrow, they will have a brief understanding of our epoch and our epic.
mathematician,IAP / CNRS
Senior research scientist,
project Massive Data, INRIA
Nuclear and particle
Bioinformatics, genomeand data visualisation,BC Cancer Agency
Research Scientist / UK Space Agency
Documentary film maker
“Since the 1950’s,
Humanity has opened
the doors to Eternity.„
”Snoopy“ and a Saturn V S-IVB Tank in heliocentric orbit