by Duarte

This month is a very exciting time for space enthusiasts. That’s because Planetary Resources (the asteroid mining company) is offering the public an opportunity to control an ARKYD space telescope and use it for science, education and fun.

This isn’t like any telescope that’s come before. That’s because this ARKYD will be both funded and controlled by everyday folks like you and me who are passionate about space technology and the thrill of discovery.

We all get to take control and decide what this telescope looks at. We can also support future scientists by gifting research time to schools where students will have the opportunity to learn about the space industry and give them a passion for science and technology.

I think my friends would have paid a lot more attention in science class if we were using a space telescope!

I hope that you will join me in supporting this exciting project. There are two critical ways that we can all get involved.

The first is to pledge to support the ARKYD Kickstarter The goal is to raise one million dollars to build and launch this mission. There are several pledge levels with some really unique rewards, and I think you’ll really like them.

Not everyone can pledge financial support, but we can all contribute to this project.

A second way to show your support is to help spread the word about this mission and raise awareness about how people can get involved.

The Kickstarter lasts for just 30 days, so we’ve got to do everything we can to reach as wide an audience as possible. Share the link to the Kickstarter page on your Facebook and Twitter, or your favorite online hangout.

Talk about it with teachers and school administrators. Share it with anyone you know who loves space and wants to see what the future may hold.

Together we can show that it doesn’t take government agencies with huge budgets to build the future of space, but a community of passionate enthusiasts.

Thanks for taking the time to read this blog, and if you have any comments please leave them below.

So head over to the Kickstarter page and add your pledge to help put the ARKYD in orbit for students, scientists, and space nuts alike!