April 1, 2012
video from Agnes Meyer-Brandis
The Google Lunar X Prize is not the only program planning to return Earthlings to the Moon. Artist Agnes Meyer-Brandis, inspired by Godwin's 1638 story of being transported to the Moon by geese, is resurrecting that ancient method of space travel. She has hatched a gaggle of goslings, each named for a human astronaut or space pioneer, and imprinted herself on them as leader. She constructed a Moon Goose Analogue: Lunar Migration Bird Facility in Italy and a control room in Newcastle, England. Astronaut training for the geese will take awhile, so the first lunar trip isn't scheduled until 2024, which may beat other attempts to return living things from Earth to the Moon.
Yesterday's LPOD: Almost not There
Tomorrow's LPOD: Interrupted Chain