Help the Heinz History Center and Astrobotic send a piece of Pittsburgh to the Moon!
It’s the “Final Countdown” to the closing of the Smithsonian’s Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission exhibition, and the History Center is looking to the future of space travel and how Pittsburgh companies and innovators will play a significant role – just as they did 50 years ago with the Apollo 11 mission.
Astrobotic, a Pittsburgh-based space robotics company founded by Carnegie Mellon University’s Red Whittaker, is one of those organizations leading the charge in developing the latest technology for a new generation of space travel.
Through Astrobotic’s MoonBox program, the History Center will send a small Pittsburgh keepsake to the Moon as part of the first commercial lunar landing, set for 2021. The payload will be delivered by Astrobotic’s Peregrine lunar lander, which is currently on display in the Destination Moon exhibit!
But first, we need your help!
Vote for which popular piece of Pittsburgh will make this epic journey of lunar proportions!
For more information about each item, please scroll below the poll. You can choose from the options below, or write-in your own suggestion. Remember, the object must be the size of a quarter or smaller.
The History Center will announce the winning entry during the final week of Destination Moon, which closes on Monday, Feb. 18, 2019. Don’t miss it!
Thank you for voting! The winner will be announced via the History Center’s social media shortly!
Astrobotic Technology, Inc. is a space robotics company that seeks to make space accessible to the world. The company’s lunar lander, Peregrine, delivers payloads to the Moon for companies, governments, universities, non-profits, and individuals at an industry-defining price of $1.2 million per kilogram. The company is also developing advanced space robotics capabilities such as terrain relative navigation, mobile robotics for lunar surface operations, and reliable computing systems for mission-critical applications. Astrobotic has more than 30 prior and ongoing NASA and commercial technology contracts, a commercial partnership with Airbus DS, a corporate sponsorship with DHL, and 12 signed deals for Peregrine’s first mission to the Moon. The company is also an official partner with NASA through the Lunar CATALYST Program. Astrobotic was founded in 2007 and is headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pa.