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Project Blue: A Space Telescope to Find Another Earth (Canceled)

A mission to build and launch a telescope to observe and photograph Earth-like planets around our nearest star system, Alpha Centauri.

Project Blue: A Space Telescope to Find Another Earth (Canceled)

A mission to build and launch a telescope to observe and photograph Earth-like planets around our nearest star system, Alpha Centauri.

$335,597
pledged of $1,000,000pledged of $1,000,000 goal
1,501
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Dec 21 2016
Last updated November 4, 2017
 

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    Help get Project Blue off the ground! Receive special access to regular mission updates, including test and simulation results, new milestones reached, launch footage, behind-the-scenes video, and more. You'll also get a mission laptop sticker, first look at any pale blue dot images, and acknowledgment on the Project website.

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    Help get Project Blue off the ground! Receive special access to regular mission updates, including test and simulation results, new milestones reached, launch footage, behind-the-scenes video, and more. You'll also get a digital donor badge, first look at any pale blue dot images, and acknowledgment on the Project website.

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    $25 Mission Explorer

    Become an mission member and receive the official Project Blue mission patch.

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    Carry your Project Blue pride with a canvas tote bag.

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    $43.70 Mission Explorer

    Snap a photo of history. We'll send you a high-resolution print of the “pale blue dot” photo that we’ll capture of an Earth-like planet around aCen, if one exists. (Available as an add-on to any higher tier for $15.)

    This is in addition to all $10 rewards.

    Includes:
    • High-res print of our “pale blue dot” photo (post-mission)
    • Digital high-res "pale blue dot" photo emailed to you
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    $65 Mission Explorer

    Own a physical part of the mission! You'll receive a 1 square cm piece of the thermal blanketing we'll use to shield the spacecraft when it's in orbit.

    This is in addition to all $40 rewards.

    Includes:
    • 1 square cm of thermal blanketing to be used on the spacecraft
    • Tote bag
    • Official mission patch
    • Laptop sticker
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    $100 Mission Flight Crew

    Show off your support of Project Blue with the official mission t-shirt in black or dark gray (option to add $8 for a premium American Apparel tee). You'll also receive a raw data image taken by the telescope of Alpha Centauri, personalized with your name and a unique time stamp. No two backers will have the same one!

    This is in addition to all $65 rewards and a designated Flight Crew mission patch.

    Includes:
    • Official mission t-shirt (+$8 for premium tee)
    • Personalized raw data image of aCentauri (delivered post launch)
    • 1 square cm of thermal blanketing to be used on the spacecraft
    • Tote bag
    • Official mission patch
    • Laptop sticker
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    $185 Mission Flight Crew

    Receive a limited edition, full-size color mission poster designed by Chop Shop. You'll also become an Explorer-level member of the Planetary Society, the team behind LightSail whose mission is to empower the world's citizens to advance space science and exploration. Membership perks include a member t-shirt, member card and welcome package, and a subscription to the quarterly publication, The Planetary Report.

    This is in addition to all $100 rewards and a designated Flight Crew mission patch.

    Includes:
    • Planetary Society 1-year membership
    • Limited edition high-res mission poster
    • Personalized raw data image of aCentauri (delivered post launch)
    • 1 square cm of thermal blanketing to be used on the spacecraft
    • Official mission t-shirt (+$8 for premium tee)
    • Tote bag
    • Official mission patch
    • Laptop sticker
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    $375 Mission Flight Crew

    See the telescope in 3D with a beautiful 2"x2"x3.25" crystal rendering from Foremost Crystal.

    This is in addition to all $100 rewards and a designated Flight Crew mission patch.

    Includes:
    • Crystal 3D telescope rendering
    • Planetary Society 1-year membership
    • Personalized raw data image of aCentauri (delivered post launch)
    • Official mission t-shirt (+$8 for premium tee)
    • 1 square cm of thermal blanketing to be used on the spacecraft
    • Tote bag
    • Official mission patch
    • Laptop sticker
    • Acknowledgment on Project website
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    $500 Mission Specialist

    Receive a limited edition, full-size color mission poster designed by Chop Shop AND see the telescope in 3D with a beautiful 2"x2"x3.25" crystal rendering from Foremost Crystal.

    This is in addition to all $100 rewards and a designated Mission Specialist mission patch.

    Includes:
    • Crystal 3D telescope rendering
    • Limited edition high-res mission poster
    • Official mission t-shirt (+$8 for premium tee)
    • Personalized raw data image of aCentauri (delivered post launch)
    • Planetary Society 1-year membership
    • 1 square cm of thermal blanketing to be used on the spacecraft
    • Tote bag
    • Official mission patch
    • Laptop sticker
    • Acknowledgment on Project website
    • Exclusive backer updates, early photo reveal + thank you email
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    $1000 Mission Specialist

    Celebrate the telescope launch with a special invitation to the Project Blue team party. (Travel and associated costs not included).

    This is in addition to all $100 rewards and a designated Mission Specialist mission patch.

    Includes:
    • Celebrate launch with the Project Blue team
    • Planetary Society 1-year membership
    • Personalized raw data image of aCentauri (delivered post launch)
    • Official mission t-shirt (+$8 for premium tee)
    • 1 square cm of thermal blanketing to be used on the spacecraft
    • Tote bag
    • Official mission patch
    • Laptop sticker
    • Acknowledgment on Project website
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    $2500 Misson Specialist

    Own a piece of spare mission hardware. These may include part of an electronics board, part of the solar array, mirror blanks, and screws and bolts. You'll also get to know the minds behind Project Blue in a one-on-one, 30-minute video call with a mission scientist.

    This is in addition to all $1000 rewards and a designated Mission Specialist mission patch.

    Includes:
    • Mission spare part (delivered post launch)
    • 30-minute video call with mission scientist
    • Celebrate launch with the Project Blue team
    • Planetary Society 1-year membership
    • Personalized raw data image of aCentauri (delivered post launch)
    • Official mission t-shirt (+$8 for premium tee)
    • 1 square cm of thermal blanketing to be used on the spacecraft
    • Tote bag
    • Official mission patch
    • Laptop sticker
    • Acknowledgment on Project website
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    $2500 Mission Educator

    Bring space exploration to schools by pledging on behalf of a classroom of your choice. Your class will receive a 30-minute video chat with a mission scientist, exclusive updates giving students a glimpse into the lifecycle of a space mission, a class pack of official mission stickers, a 1-year Planetary Society Explorer membership for the teacher, and a personalized raw data image of Alpha Centauri delivered post-launch.

    You'll also be invited to join the Planetary Society mission team at the 2017 LightSail 2 launch party, with the opportunity to take a selfie with Planetary Society CEO Bill Nye.

    (Travel and associated costs not included.)

    Includes:
    • 30-minute video call with mission scientist
    • 50 mission stickers for the class
    • Planetary Society 1-year membership
    • Personalized raw data image of aCentauri (delivered post launch)
    • Acknowledgment on Project website
    • Exclusive backer updates, early photo reveal + thank you email
    • Invitation to LightSail 2 launch party + selfie w/ Bill Nye
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    $5000 Mission Commander

    Attend the telescope unveiling for an in-person first look at the Project Blue telescope before launch. (Travel and associated expenses not included). You'll also receive a formal acknowledgment in the scientific paper we'll write on mission findings and get to know the minds behind Project Blue in a one-on-one, 1-hour video call with a mission scientist.

    This is in addition to all $1000 rewards and a designated Mission Commander mission patch.

    Includes:
    • Join us at the telescope unveiling
    • Acknowledgment in mission scientific paper
    • 1-hour video call with mission scientist
    • Celebrate launch with the Project Blue team
    • Planetary Society 1-year membership
    • Personalized raw data image of aCentauri (delivered post launch)
    • Official mission t-shirt (+$8 for premium tee)
    • 1 square cm of thermal blanketing to be used on the spacecraft
    • Tote bag
    • Official mission patch
    • Laptop sticker
    • Acknowledgment on Project website
    • Exclusive backer updates, early photo reveal + thank you email
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    $5000 Mission Educator

    Send students to space with a pledge on behalf of a classroom of your choice. We'll engrave the name of the school or class on the telescope.

    You'll also be invited to join the Planetary Society team at the 2017 LightSail 2 launch party, including a selfie opp with Planetary Society CEO Bill Nye.

    That's in addition to a 1-hour class video chat with a mission scientist, exclusive updates giving students a glimpse into the lifecycle of a space mission, a class pack of official mission stickers, a 1-year Planetary Society Explorer membership for the teacher, and a personalized raw data image of Alpha Centauri delivered post-launch.

    (Travel and associated costs not included.)

    Includes:
    • Name of class or school engraved on the telescope
    • 1-hour video call with mission scientist
    • 50 mission stickers for the class
    • Planetary Society 1-year membership
    • Personalized raw data image of aCentauri (delivered post launch)
    • Acknowledgment on Project website
    • Exclusive backer updates, early photo reveal + thank you email
    • Invitation to LightSail 2 launch party + selfie w/ Bill Nye
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    $10000 Mission Commander

    Tour a mission development site with a Project scientist and see for yourself where the science happens! (Travel and associated expenses not included). We'll also engrave your name on the telescope — literally writing your name in history.

    This is in addition to all $5000 rewards (minus the 1-hour video call) and a designated Mission Commander mission patch.

    Includes:
    • Tour a mission development site
    • Your name engraved on the telescope
    • Join us at the telescope unveiling
    • Acknowledgment in mission scientific paper
    • Celebrate launch with the Project Blue team
    • Planetary Society 1-year membership
    • Personalized raw data image of aCentauri (delivered post launch)
    • Official mission t-shirt (+$8 for premium tee)
    • 1 square cm of thermal blanketing to be used on the spacecraft
    • Tote bag
    • Official mission patch
    • Laptop sticker
    • Acknowledgment on Project website
    • Exclusive backer updates, early photo reveal + thank you email
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    $10000 Mission Educator

    Pledge on behalf of a school or classroom of your choice, attend the Planetary Society's LightSail 2 launch as a VIP, and have lunch with Bill Nye. Exclusive rewards for this tier include:

    - Bring space to life by gifting a classroom visit from a mission scientist.
    - A VIP invitation to the Planetary Society's LightSail 2 launch. View the pad roll-out and attend other special events, including lunch with Bill Nye. And of course, you'll get a selfie with Bill.

    That's in addition to your school or class name engraved on the telescope, exclusive updates giving students a glimpse into the lifecycle of a space mission, a class pack of official mission patches, a 1-year Planetary Society Explorer membership for the teacher, and a personalized raw data image of Alpha Centauri delivered post-launch.

    (Your travel, scientist's travel, and associated costs not included.)

    Includes:
    • A classroom visit from a mission scientist
    • 50 mission patches for the class
    • Name of class or school engraved on the telescope
    • Planetary Society 1-year membership
    • Personalized raw data image of aCentauri (delivered post launch)
    • Acknowledgment on Project website
    • Exclusive backer updates, early photo reveal + thank you email
    • VIP invite to LightSail 2 launch + lunch with Bill Nye
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    $25000 Mission Flight Engineer

    You'll vote on a museum to receive a piece of mission hardware after the mission, and have the choice of one of the following (quantities available on a first-come, first-serve basis):

    (4) Endow a fellowship in your name to enable a university student to work on the mission. OR

    (4) Choose a school, institution, or community organization of your choice to receive a private lecture from a Project Blue scientist. (Scientist's travel and associated costs not included). OR

    (1) Visit a southern hemisphere observatory with a Project Blue team member to see Alpha Centauri with your own eyes. (Travel and associated expenses not included). OR

    (1) Attend a space balloon test launch of the coronagraph. Before we send the telescope and coronagraph to space, we'll test the coronagraph payload by launching it on a high-altitude space balloon. Join us to witness this important mission milestone. (Travel and associated costs not included).

    This is in addition to all $10000 rewards with a designated Mission Flight Engineer mission patch.

    Includes:
    • Endow a student fellowship in your name OR
    • Gift a private lecture from a Project scientist to a school OR
    • Visit a southern hemisphere observatory w/ Project scientist OR
    • Attend launch of test coronagraph on high altitude balloon
    • Vote on museum recipient of mission hardware
    • Special recognition on Project Blue social media and website
    • All $10,000 rewards
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