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Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
The map shows the United States with an exact model of the moon projected on to it so you can see exactly where the moon's shadow will be right down to the hills on the moon! Most models would approximate the Earth and Moon as spheres, this map goes to another level of extreme detail. This moon data comes from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.
The map also includes:
833 place names
The umbra (totality) at 10-minute increments along the eclipse path
Percentage bands of coverage (lines showing where you can see 90%, 80%, 70%... down to 30%)
The Earth model uses data from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission: In 2000 NASA sent up a big radar on the back of the Space Shuttle to measure the height of every place on Earth.
NASA, being a Federal agency, means the poster is in the Public Domain and you can download and print it, which is wonderful. However, most people don't have large format 6 or 12 color printers to truly do this work of art justice!
What I want to do is get as many as possible in to homes and classrooms before the eclipse on August 21st. To do that I need a fair amount of ink, archival glossy paper and poster tubes. And postage labels and the work to put them all together and ship them across the United States.
Each poster will be wrapped in foam to protect it from the tube itself and sent either USPS 1st or Priority with tracking.
I'm doing this just about at cost for two reasons. First - all the hard work was done by Ernie Wright at NASA to produce the map, and the work is Public Domain thanks to the Federal Government. Therefore, second, the mission is to get as many copies out there as possible.
Risks and challenges
This will be my third poster kickstarter - I know what to do. The biggest risk would be international shipping, which we won't do for this kickstarter.
The only wrinkle is ideally we'll get some 19" glossy paper (rather than 36") so that the curvature is conducive for putting in a poster tube. It'll be more painful and we'll have more creased posters (that will be trashed) if the paper curvature is the "wrong" way.