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And YOU can make it happen! For the first time in history people, not states, can fund a mission to the Moon. 

The Moonhouse is the first art project on the Moon - a red house with white corners that will bring the barren, dead moonscape to life. It is a carefully planned art project that has been under work since 2003 with some of the world's leading space engineers from Sweden. The mission is to place a self-constructing house on the surface of the Moon in October 2015 in collaboration with the US aerospace technology company Astrobotic.

Join The Moonhouse and make history!  

Kickstarter has realized some amazing projects but can it help build the first house on the Moon? 

Now, we would like to reach out to everyone on Kickstarter. The question is, how far can Kickstarter take The Moonhouse? The first step is to fund Prototype 1 (250 000 USD). After that - well the sky ain't the limit! Be part of the first art project on the Moon and change the game in space! 

You guys know the deal, Kickstarter projects only run for a maximum of 60 days. This campaign on Kickstarter will run for 40 days. But The Moonhouse needs 15 million USD in full by November 30 2014 to ensure that the house is ready for take off with Astrobotic in October 2015. Therefore we're running our own crowdfunding at www.themoonhouse.com/en. All pledged funds you guys make here at Kickstarter will be on hold at Amazon until the November 30 2014 deadline. If we haven't received the full 15 million USD to ensure that the house can join Astrobotic on their Moon journey in October 2015, all contributions will be refunded (minus the administrative cost of Kickstarter and Amazon). For more information on how and why, read the detailed information further down at the "Risks and challenges". 

The Moonhouse is more than just an art project. The aim is to inspire people to push through mental barriers and broaden their perception of what we can make possible. Everyone in the world has their own personal Moonhouse – a representation of challenges and goals and how we achieve them.

The Moonhouse is a seamless meeting between culture and technology, art and science, history and the future but above all between space and mankind. It's a democratic art project, where everyone is welcome to participate in any kind of way and create a unique symbol for what we can achieve, together.

Until now, space travel has only been available to an exclusive few. With enough people joining The Moonhouse, that will no longer be the case. If we together put a house on the Moon, everyone can be part of changing the game in space. You can re-define the perception of what people in collaboration can achieve. Everyone who pledges 1 USD or more will become a member of Friends of the Moonhouse - a community of people who share the vision of a red house with white corners on the Moon. 

There are 384 000 000 meters (238 900 miles) to the Moon. For each 1 USD you take The Moonhouse 25 meter (82ft) closer. 

For 50 USD - you will have your name inside the actual house when its placed on the Moon. Your name will be printed on a black plastic material called CP1 on the inside walls of the house, which is especially developed to endure the harsh environment and temperature differences in space. Your name will be legible with optical aid which means that any future moon visitors will be able to read the names of the people who put the first house on the Moon. For 100 USD you will also be able to send a digital Moon message to someone you love that will last forever. 

Read more at http://themoonhouse.com/en/friends-moonhouse

Hi everyone! My name is Mikael Genberg and I'm an artist and entrepreneur from a small industrial town called Västerås in Sweden. The Moonhouse started 15 years ago when I heard of the Swedish Space Corporation’s plans to build SMART-1 - a satellite, with the purpose to circulate in orbit around the Moon. So I thought, why not take a red house with white corners to the Moon? That house would symbolize our ability to believe, to change and overcome the impossible.

Back in 2003 I gathered the courage to call the Swedish Space Council and since then I've been on this beautiful journey. The obvious first step was to get others involved, because The Moonhouse is not mine and it never has been. In fact, it could never be realized if it belonged to one single entity. The Moonhouse belongs to everyone. The art project and the goal could be summoned in one word - companionship. No one thinks it is possible to put a house on the Moon - but we can teach the world that anything is achievable if we do it together. For me, The Moonhouse is a testament to that. 

Let me introduce you to some of the fantastic people I've had the opportunity to meet and work with. Welcome to The Moonhouse!  

The Moonhouse technical team has investigated a number of designs for the house through prototyping and mathematical analyses. The construction of the house - both the control electronics, the actuators and structural elements – is a technological challenge. After all, it will be the first time a house (self-constructing or not) is placed on the Moon. The house must endure the harsh environment on the Moon where one challenge is the extreme variations in thermal environment with temperature reaching up to 120°C (250°F) during daytime to down to -150°C (-238°F) at night. 

The image shows a number of possible support structures for the house. The darker, broader lines represent carbon fiber tape to support the house, while the lighter, thinner lines represent thinner battens for the purpose of stiffening the fabric.
The image shows a number of possible support structures for the house. The darker, broader lines represent carbon fiber tape to support the house, while the lighter, thinner lines represent thinner battens for the purpose of stiffening the fabric.

The house will be covered by a thin colored film, a specially developed space-fabric, stretched over a carbon structure. On the Moon, the house will construct itself by first inflating as it is filled up with pressurized gas allowing for the support structure to lock itself into its final shape. When this has happened the gas is released allowing the covering film to flatten.  This whole procedure will take between 5-15 minutes, from the start until the house is fully unfolded. The prolonged process is devised to eliminate the risk of unwanted surprises where sudden unfolding could change the position and orientation of the house.

There is no atmosphere on the Moon and hence no wind that can affect the house. So, despite its low weight in the low the gravity on the Moon (one sixth of gravity on earth), is sufficient to keep The Moonhouse standing on the surface of the Moon indefinitely.

Measurement: Height 8ft to the ceiling, width 9ft, depth 6ft. 

Weights: 22lb including extra equipment. On the Moon, this equals approximately 3lb.

We've stated the facts. If you're still wondering how it will be done, take a few minutes to hear it from the experts and key participants.

Meet Emil Vinterhav, CTO of The Moonhouse technical team and space systems engineer and business developer at ECAPS, a subsidary of the Swedish Space Corporation and company leading the development of green rocket propellants.

Meet Gunnar Tibert, member of The Moonhouse technical team and Associate Professor in Flexible Structures and in Structural Mechanics at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.

Meet Fredrik von Schéele, member of The Moonhouse technical team and M. Sc. E. Ph. 

Meet Sven Grahn, senior advisor to The Moonhouse technology team and one of Sweden’s space-pioneers. His efforts have contributed vastly to Sweden’s internationally prominent position within space technology.

The Moonhouse is collaborating with the US space technology company Astrobotic Technology. Astrobotic’s first mission to the Moon is in October 2015, where the Griffin lander will touch down at Lacus Mortis to deliver customer payloads and explore a suspected entrance to a lava tube cave. Astrobotic was recently selected to partner with NASA to develop robotic lunar landing capability as part of the Lunar CATALYST program, and is currently testing its autonomous precision landing system in the Mojave desert. 

Meet John Thornton, CEO of Astrobotic Technology and learn more about the launch. 

It's actually a beautiful story and the main reason why The Moonhouse is closer than ever to the Moon. 

Our world is home to a number of monuments, and most countries can boast their own. The USA has the Statue of Liberty, France the Eiffel Tower and India has the Taj Mahal. Sweden has… a façade! The many red houses with white corners literally constitute a red thread through the Swedish landscape. If you've been in Sweden - then you most definitely know all about it. These houses are so much more than a home to its owners. They have characterized the Swedish countryside and given Sweden its international identity.  

The typical Swedish red house with white corners
The typical Swedish red house with white corners

Since 1764, industrial manufacturing of the original red paint Falu Rödfärg has continued at the world heritage Falun mine. The pigment in Falu Rödfärg is completely unique to the mine. This year, 2014 Falu Rödfärg celebrates its 250 year anniversary by not only looking back over the history but also by looking into the future by supporting The Moonhouse and enabling this global crowdfunding initiative.

Meet Johan Molin, the Managing Director of Falu Rödfärg and listen to what he has to say about celebrating 250 years and being a part of the first art project on the Moon. 

Risks and challenges

As with all space projects there are risks and challenges far greater than for projects on earth related to the task of placing a house on the Moon. This is the normal state of things in space projects and a part of what makes them so fascinating.

1. Missions to space

All missions to space face the same basic challenges. The environment in space is very different to what we are all accustomed to here on Earth. On Earth the atmosphere blocks out radiation from the Sun as well as from deep space and filters out much of the UV-radiation in the light from the Sun. The presence of air tends to even temperatures out, locally leading off heat produced by machinery for instance and globally giving us the chance to enjoy a hot summer night also when the sun has set. How things behave under these conditions is well known simply because we have a lot of experience personally of course but also scientifically and technologically. Moreover, on Earth you have access to equipment that you use and have the possibility to fix things when they wear down from natural wear and tear or do not behave as you expected or wanted.

In space things are different, the sunlight with its unfiltered UV-content, and on the Moon the surface temperature can vary from 120°C (250°F) during daytime to -150°C (-238°F) at night. Under these conditions, with temperature variations stressing the structure, UV breaking down the surface materials and electronics unprotected by an atmosphere from radiation and when it is not possible to fix things that go wrong, equipment has to be carefully designed.

The colour of the house is of particular interest. The colour red has not been the colour of choice for space missions where white, black and and metallic surfaces dominate because of their thermal properties. Red is a particularly tricky colour to use in space, many pigments have a tendency to break down when exposed to sunlight. For this reason we are particularly glad to have Falu Rödfärg as a partner. Falu Rödfärg has 250(!) years of experience of exposing red pigment to sunlight as a producer of exterior paint for housing.

All of the above factors will be addressed using space proven materials and designs which include secondary systems for moving parts and electronics acting as backup. The Moonhouse technical team all have unique competencies in developing the house.

2. The construction of the house

With all the electronics and the mechanics – the house is in many ways a great technological challenge. Not least since this will be the first time a house – a self-constructing house – is placed on the Moon. This whole procedure will take between 5-15 minutes, until the house is fully unfolded. The process of self-construction is deliberately prolonged to eliminate the risk of unwanted surprises. The gravity on the Moon is one sixth of gravity on Earth, which is sufficient enough to allow The Moonhouse to stand and remain on the surface of the Moon. There is no atmosphere on the Moon, and therefore not a flutter of wind, which is why the house can remain still despite its light weight.


3. Running short of backers

The Moonhouse is one of the world's most ambitious crowdfunding initiatives. The goal is to fund 15 million USD from various crowdfunding venues before November 30 2014 to make sure that the house is ready for take off with Astrobotic in October 2015. If the project has not been funded by November 30 2014, all funds (minus applicable administrative costs) will be returned to the backers. But if enough people join, we will together have changed history in space and the understanding of what people can achieve when working together.

The goal for this Kickstarter project is 250,000 USD for Prototype 1. If we reach this goal of 250,000 USD, but The Moonhouse fails to reach the overall funding goal of 15 million USD by November 30 2014, all backers will be reimbursed of their pledged funds, minus applicable administrative costs. This would include 5% to be paid to Kickstarter, and costs to be paid to Amazon as described at https://payments.amazon.com/help/Amazon-Flexible-Payments-Service/Creating-Managing-Your-Account/Amazon-Payments-Fees.

If we do not reach the goal of 250,000 USD for this Kickstarter project, all Kickstarter backers will be reimbursed their pledged funds, also less administrative costs. All proceeds generated via crowdfunding will accrue in full to The Moonhouse.

4. Legal structure

Mikael Genberg is the creator of this Kickstarter project. For handling The Moonhouse art project in the United States, Mr. Genberg has founded an American company called House on the Moon LLC. House on the Moon LLC is based in Washington, D.C., and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Luna Resorts AB, a Swedish company that is itself wholly owned by Mr. Genberg. The sole purpose of House on the Moon LLC is to realize The Moonhouse. While it may become necessary at a later stage to engage one or more paid employees, currently House on the Moon LLC is, and is anticipated to remain, staffed solely by volunteers.

This Kickstarter campaign has been initiated and will be executed by Mr. Genberg through House on the Moon LLC. In order to meet Kickstarter, Inc.'s administrative requirements, Andrew Skowronek, a volunteer employee of House on the Moon LLC, will act as House on the Moon LLC's United States contact for Kickstarter, Inc. (Mr. Genberg resides in Sweden). Mr. Skowronek is acting on behalf of the company in his capacity as a volunteer employee of House on the Moon LLC. All funding will remit to a House on the Moon LLC Amazon payment account, and, if the goals are met, to a House on the Moon LLC bank account, both of which are controlled by Mr. Genberg through House on the Moon LLC. House on the Moon LLC is solely responsible for all aspects of this project.

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