Readiness Begins with Hope

The Readiness Institute at Penn State, in collaboration with Global Moonshots in Education, is collecting messages of hope from students, educators, and members of the global community and then sending those messages to the moon to create a lasting reminder that the hopes of today can become the reality of tomorrow.

Once your hope has been sent to the moon, every time you look into the night sky, you’ll be reminded of what it is that you’re hoping for and how your actions can contribute to the greater good of community and future readiness.

Justin W. Aglio

If our hopes can make it to the moon, then our hopes can become true on Earth.

Justin Aglio, Ed.D., senior director, Readiness Institute at Penn State

Sending Hopes to the Moon

We will be collecting hopes using an online form until the submission deadline of January 22, 2021. These hopes will then be saved on an SD card, which will be placed in a durable storage capsule that has been created for space travel. In 2021, this capsule will be delivered to the moon’s surface on the Peregrine Lunar Lander, built by Astrobotic Technology, Inc., a space robotics company based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Learn more about Astrobotic’s mission to the moon

Esther Wojcicki, Ph.D.

Our mission is to enable every person to reach their fullest potential.

Esther Wojcicki, Ph.D., CEO and founder, Global Moonshots in Education

Join the Hope Moonshot

After you submit your hope, bookmark this page and check back regularly after the submission deadline of January 22, 2021 for:

  • mission updates from Astrobotic
  • information about the virtual launch party in 2021
  • mission images and videos from Astrobotic
  • a printable certificate commemorating your participation
Stanley Thompson, Ph.D.

My hope is every learner has the skills, attitudes, and values necessary to design and lead a purposeful life.

Stanley Thompson, Ph.D., The Heinz Endowments

Submit Your Hope Today


Resources for Teachers

Teachers, we’ve made it easy for you to bring the Hope Moonshot into your face-to-face or virtual classrooms. Download a lesson plan (pdf, 540KB) with an information outline, video, and discussion prompts, as well as a brief presentation deck (PowerPoint, 9MB) to share with your students. Thank you for helping your students send their hopes to the moon!