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The first publicly accessible space telescope! Take amazing photos of space or have your photo displayed above the Earth.
17,614 backers pledged $1,505,366 to help bring this project to life.
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    Pledge $10 or more About $10

    OUR THANKS — This level gets you our eternal gratitude! Community access to photos, videos and updates as our satellite is built and launched. You will also have a say in how the telescope gets used.

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    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    (Digital) SPACE SELFIE — Take a selfie in space. You upload your creative self expression (any picture) and we’ll capture that image on the satellite, with the Earth as the background. We will take the photos in the order pledged, so get yours first! You can track the countdown to your #spaceselfie on our app. Your photo will be sent to you, and (if you want) shared out on our membership site! NOTE: T-Shirt add-ons are also available! — We will also provide you with a pledge certificate shortly after the end of the campaign, acknowledging that your space selfie is in queue. Makes a great gift for the space advocate among your friends and family!

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    Pledge $39 or more About $39

    (Printed) SPACE SELFIE — This includes the Digital Space Selfie level. We will mail your two 4” by 6” prints, along with a certificate of authenticity.

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    Pledge US$ 65 or more About US$ 65

    (Digital) HD SPACE SELFIE — This gives you a 300% increase in resolution! This is our favorite level, because Earth is worthy of a few more pixels. NOTE: Printed HD Selfies are also available as an add-on!

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    Pledge $99 or more About $99

    HELP FIND KILLER ASTEROIDS & ALIEN GALAXIES — Help protect our planet from hazardous asteroids and better understand the evolution of our solar system. On your behalf, we’ll give students and scientists five minutes of observation time on the ARKYD's main-optic! Virtually join a research team as a citizen scientist contributor and receive regular updates on their research and findings! You will also receive a (Digital) HD SPACE SELFIE before all lower pledge levels. + As extra appreciation, all pledgers this level and higher will get an annual membership to The Planetary Society, the world’s largest space advocacy non-profit organization!

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    Pledge $125 or more About $125

    (Printed) FRIENDS AND FAMILY PACK — You asked so here it is! Five space selfies bundled into one level, plus these perks: This five-pack includes two prints of each selfie. We will mail your ten total 4” by 6” prints, along with your official pledge certificate, to the address of your choice + 1-Year Membership to Planetary Society

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    Pledge $200 or more About $200

    PRIVATE ASTRONOMER — Pledge here and YOU are in control. Point the telescope at any celestial object (other than the Sun) and we’ll take an image for you – sent digitally to your desktop! + (Digital) HD SPACE SELFIE + 1-Year Membership to Planetary Society

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    Pledge $200 or more About $200

    PRIVATE ASTRONOMER - PART 2 — Pledge here and YOU are in control. Point the telescope at any celestial object (other than the Sun) and we’ll take an image for you – sent digitally to your desktop! + (Digital) HD SPACE SELFIE + 1-Year Membership to Planetary Society

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    Pledge $325 or more About $325

    (Printed) FRIENDS AND FAMILY HD PACK — You asked so here it is! Five HD space selfies bundled into one level, plus these perks: This five-pack includes two prints of each selfie. We will mail your ten total 11” by 17” prints, along with your official pledge certificate, to the address of your choice + 1-Year Membership to Planetary Society

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    Pledge $450 or more About $450

    (Digital) SPACE PHOTOGRAPHER — Take 3 of your own observations with the ARKYD!
    + (Digital) HD SPACE SELFIE + 1-Year Membership to Planetary Society

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    Pledge $650 or more About $650

    (Printed) SPACE PHOTOGRAPHER — Take 3 observations with the ARKYD and have your favorite shot turned into a large poster, with the reverse side signed by the engineering team and mailed to you. + (Printed) HD SPACE SELFIE + 1-Year Membership to Planetary Society

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    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    PLANETARY ADVOCATE — Two tickets for a special event exclusively for Planetary Advocates that includes a tour of Planetary facilities where you get to meet the people behind the ARKYD, sign a roster that will go up on launch day, and leave the event with a 3D model of the ARKYD. You will also get group-exclusive quarterly briefings from the Co-Founders.
    + Special Limited Edition Mission Poster Signed by the engineering team
    + (Printed) HD Space Selfie (Prioritized to be one of the first we take!) + 1-Year Membership to Planetary Society

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    Pledge $1,750 or more About $1,750

    EDUCATION SUPPORTER — K-12 school, university, or museum (of your choice, if desired), will get the essentials to make Science & Technology come alive with the Arkyd:
    + 10 Main Optic Observations to be directed by the teacher and students + 10 (Digital) Space Selfies for the students to take + Educational Poster describing the technology that makes the ARKYD work. + Special Limited Edition Mission Poster Signed by the engineering team + Access to a curriculum and tutorial developed by the team at Planetary Resources, in collaboration with educators + 1-Year Membership to Planetary Society

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    Pledge $2,500 or more About $2,500

    YOUR VIDEO IN SPACE — Upload a short 6 second video OR 144 frame flipbook-style scene to be displayed in orbit! The video will be recorded in time lapse (if desired), so you will see the Earth rotate beneath your video. We will send you the video file, with the option of featuring it on our site.
    + Special Limited Edition Mission Poster Signed by the engineering team
    + (Printed) HD Space Selfie (Prioritized to be one of the first we take!) + 1-Year Membership to Planetary Society

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    Pledge $5,000 or more About $5,000

    EDUCATION AMBASSADOR — One K-12 school, university, or museum (of your choice, if desired), will get the educational experience of a lifetime. Access to the Arkyd, plus teaching tools to make Science & Technology come alive: + 25 Main Optic Observations to be directed by the teacher and students + 30 (Digital) Space Selfies and 30 Mission Patches to provide to students + Educational Poster describing the technology that makes the ARKYD work. + Access to a curriculum and tutorial developed by the team at Planetary Resources, in collaboration with educators + A full size desktop model of the ARKYD as a teaching tool with the pledger name (if desired) etched into it. + 1-Year Membership to Planetary Society

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    Pledge $5,000 or more About $5,000

    BENEFACTOR — You are a distinguished visionary helping to invent the future.
    + One ticket to join Planetary Resource Founders & Investors at two major events – The Finished Spacecraft unveiling and the Rocket Launch Event. + Your name will be etched on the Spacecraft + You get a full size desktop model of the ARKYD for your desk signed by the engineering team (unique to this level). + (Printed) HD Space Selfie (Prioritized to be one of the first we take!) + 1-Year Membership to Planetary Society

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    Pledge $10,000 About $10,000

    GRAND BENEFACTOR AND EDUCATION AMBASSADOR — This is our Highest Level and we want to make sure you are part of History!

    In addition to sponsoring the K-12 school, university or museum of your choice (Education Ambassador), you will receive:

    + (Printed) HD Space Selfie (Prioritized to be one of the first we take!)
    + Two tickets (You and a friend) to join Planetary Resource Founders & Investors at two major events – The Finished Spacecraft unveiling and the Rocket Launch Event.
    + Invitation to sign the spacecraft before it launches. Your name or message will also be etched on the Spacecraft – Visible to the world in every Selfie produced
    + We’ll name an asteroid the telescope discovers after you (first come, first served!). We'll use the name internally, but will also propose it as the official asteroid name to be recorded in the history books! + 1-Year Membership to Planetary Society

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