$116 pledged of $1,000 goal
backers
$116 pledged of $1,000 goal
backers

About

The Apollo astronauts used stars to steer their ship to the moon. Their guidance computer was programmed with the location of several dozen stars. When an astronaut would sight an optical telescope to a known star, he could align that reading with the computer to update the ship's orientation.

Apollo 11 star chart
Apollo 11 star chart

This format is sufficient for rectangular shaped paper but has the unfortunate effect of "rolling off" to the sides.  (Note the two large squares of Pegasus right and left.) 

Transforming the star chart data to a circular format eliminates this inefficiency.  Lighting it up allows an overlay of the critical stars used for guidance.

Two-color stars of Apollo lighted sign
Two-color stars of Apollo lighted sign

Only one square of Pegasus is now located to the right middle, just inside the circle.  Up is towards the center, towards Polaris.  Reading the rectangular chart from right to left is the same as reading the lighted sign clockwise.

A single color version is also available that labels the constellations of Apollo.  Frame and light color is a suggestion for both models, other options will be available.

One-color constellations of Apollo lighted sign
One-color constellations of Apollo lighted sign

 These signs make a great guide to searching the sky, and learning about the challenging journeys to the moon. 

Risks and challenges

I have completely delivered on all successful Kickstarter projects like this one. Most supplies are locally available and tooling and labor in-house.

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge $5 or more About $5

    Digital image of star chart data, and the fact-filled guide to the stars and constellations of Project Apollo.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge $55 or more About $55

    One-color "Constellations of Apollo" lighted sign. Also includes digital image of star chart data and fact-filled guide to the stars and constellations of Project Apollo. Price includes shipping.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge $65 or more About $65

    Two-color "Stars of Apollo" lighted sign. Also includes digital image of star chart data and fact-filled guide to the stars and constellations of Project Apollo. Price includes shipping.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    One of each! Two-color "Stars of Apollo" plus a one-color "Constellations of Apollo" lighted signs. Also includes digital image of star chart data and fact-filled guide to the stars and constellations of Project Apollo. Price includes shipping.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (30 days)