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Readiness Begins with Hope

The Readiness Institute at Penn State, in collaboration with Global Moonshots in Education, collected thousands of hopes from students, educators, and members of the global community from December 2020 through February 2021. We’re now sending those messages to the moon to create a lasting reminder that the hopes of today can become the reality of tomorrow. 

Moonshot poster contestPennsylvania announces new poster contest to encourage students to “Reach for the Moon” through STEAM Education

Pennsylvania students in grades 3–12 can participate in a statewide poster contest celebrating America’s return to the moon this year! All submissions must be received by November 30, 2022.

Learn more about the Moonshot Poster Contest

Justin W. Aglio

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

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

Sending Hopes to the Moon

The hopes that we’ve collected will be sent to the surface of the moon in 2022 on the Peregrine Lunar Lander built by Astrobotic Technology, Inc., a space robotics company based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 

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.

Learn more about Astrobotic’s mission to the moon

Stay Connected

Bookmark this page and check back for information about the launch of the lunar lander in 2022. 

Hope Moonshot Participant Certificate 

Thank you to everyone who submitted hopes. 

To commemorate your contribution, you can download the official Hope Moonshot Certificate of Participation (PDF), print it, and display it for everyone to see. 

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