MILLIONS OF people around the world are to be offered the chance of immortality on the Moon.
The multi-million pound scheme is intended to provide funding for an ambitious private space mission in 10 years.
For less than $100 (£64) members of the public will be invited to buy space on memory discs to be buried in a bore hole drilled into the lunar surface.
Four billion-year-old material extracted from the hole – which could be up to 300 feet deep – will be made available to science.
British engineer and city financier David Iron, who came up with the plan, entitled Lunar Mission One, said: “People can put any information they like in the memory disc; it will be like a personal time capsule, a private archive. It could be a small message saying ‘hi, I’m Joe’ or a whole family history.”
Under the scheme there will be hundreds of discs, about two inches in diameter. People helping to fund the mission will be promised a small part of a disc on which to load information.
An initial development has been launched via the US crowdfunding platform Kickstarter, which raises cash for creative projects. Individuals making pledges through Kickstarter will become lifetime members of the Lunar Missions’ Club.