National Space Centre joins Kickstarter campaign for ARKYD "telescope for everyone"

By Culture24 Reporter | 27 June 2013

An orbiting space telescope capable of observing the Solar System, deep space and near-Earth asteroids could be accessed by people in Leicester and used as an intergalactic teaching tool if a Kickstarter fundraising campaign reaches its target this weekend.

A photo of a golden telescope in outer space
The National Space Centre and asteroid mining company Planetary Resources are bidding to provide public access to a crowdfunded space telescope© Planetary Resources
Having passed the $1 million mark, the ARKYD space telescope will be enhanced with technology capable of hunting extrasolar planets – known by scientists as “exoplanets”, or alien worlds – if it can amass $2 million.

The National Space Centre will be entitled to 90 minutes of access to the telescope, with further time available if the Leicester community “shows interest in operating the spacecraft.”

Organisers are hoping to use the extraordinary facility to inspire future scientists, engineers, astronomers and astronauts. The campaign closes on June 30, with donators given the chance to specify the Space Centre as their favourite museum when they make a pledge.

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