You Can Soon Own This Topographically Accurate Lunar Globe

Andrew LaSane

Your chances of making it into space are slim. However, thanks to a new Kickstarter project, anyone will soon be able to see and feel almost every detail of the Moon without leaving home. Using data collected by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, a team of designers created a 1:20,000,000 scale replica of the real deal, with 3D details that are topographically accurate.

Called MOON, the lunar globe has a diameter of approximately 6.8 inches, weighs 3.15 pounds, and is made of polyurethane resin, anodized aluminum, powder coated steel, and circuitry. Each MOON features an LED light ring that rotates around the sculpture in three modes: Manual, which lets the owner set the phase, Demo, which makes a full rotation every 30 seconds, or Live, which syncs with the actual phase of the moon.

The master globe for this project was designed using 3D modeling software, then 3D printed to create a mold. Each globe contains computer units with real-time clocks that allow for phase synchronization through the Live mode.

The Kickstarter campaign has just under a month left and the designers are only a few thousand dollars short of their $35,589 goal. Learn more here.

Images via Kickstarter.