(CBS Tampa) — There’s more than one way to get to the moon.
According to Space.com, Lunar Mission One, a UK-based, private space exploration project that’s aiming to drill below the moon’s surface, has raised 672,447 pounds, or about $1.05 million through crowdfunding.
The project, which hopes to land a moon-drilling probe on the lunar surface by 2024, surpassed it’s initial goal of nearly 600,000 English pounds, or about $945,000, through the site Kickstarter.
With enough money raised, a probe can be sent to the moon to drill at least 65 feet below the lunar surface, and hopefully reach a target depth of 328 feet inside the moon.
“By doing this, we will access lunar rock dating back up to 4.5 billion years to discover the geological composition of the moon, the ancient relationship it shares with our planet and the effects of asteroid bombardment,” the company wrote on its Kickstarter page.
Once done drilling, the probe will transport core samples back to earth and fill the left over hole on the moon with a digital time capsule with a record of the history of the earth.
While the crowdfunding campaign ended Dec. 17, those who contributed more than 60 pounds, or $94, will be given their own “digital memory box” to fill with personal effects to be be buried in the time capsule.