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  1. Unsurprisingly, I could not find the "Art & Spaceflight" section of these forums, so I'll try here. French artist Anilore Banon is planning to send a sculpture to the surface of the Moon. Banon, who is best known for her "Les Braves" War memorial on Omaha Beach, has been working on this project for the past three years. The feasibility study was performed in cooperation with Dassault Systemes. A prototype of the sculpture is to be launched to the International Space Station today on board the CRS-10 Dragon capsule, where it will be experimentally deployed to test the behaviour of the shape-memory titanium-nickel alloys in microgravity. The final version of the sculpture will be designed to fit inside a 12x12 cm space and deploy into the shape of a flower once exposed to sunlight on the Moon's surface, revealing the handprints of a million people. Fully deployed, it should measure "between 1.5 and 4.5 metres" depending on the mass-budget, according to the artist. Mass will be about 1.5 kg. The sculpture will also be fitted with a laser that will be visible from Earth, to be used "on special occasions". Banon claims that the project requires "another 2.5 to 3 million dollars" to be feasible, to be financed by donations and crowd-funding. Well, the French band Gojira was nominated for two Grammy Awards, so anything is possible, I suppose... Any idea how much 1.5 kg to lunar surface costs, assuming Falcon 9, say?