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This image released August 27, 2003 captured by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope shows a close-up of the red planet Mars when it was just 34,648,840 miles (55,760,220 km) away. (credit: NASA/Getty Images)

This image released August 27, 2003 captured by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope shows a close-up of the red planet Mars when it was just 34,648,840 miles (55,760,220 km) away. (credit: NASA/Getty Images)

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DURHAM, NC (CBS Charlotte) – A group of college students want to launch a time capsule to Mars.

Students from Duke University founded the project, Time Capsule to Mars, and aim to develop and load three small identical spacecraft with photos, messages, audio and video provided by people from all around the world.

“For our generation, it’s so bold and yet achievable,” Emily Briere, an undergraduate student at Duke, told Space.com. “It’s just within our grasp as students, as something we can see ourselves having a measurable impact on, and see ourselves extending and doing the research on the technology and actually pursuing a landing on Mars.”

Briere explains that the project will be crowd funded as people will pay for their messages. Messages will start as little at 99 cents but the more people want to send, the more it will cost. A video message will cost more than a photo.

The messages will then be copied onto small satellites before they are launched.

“When we get to Mars, we’re going to deploy the payloads,” Briere told Space.com. “We’re not trying to preserve the spacecraft itself. They will disintegrate in the atmosphere. The payloads are designed to aerobrake and self-land on the surface of Mars without damaging the data. Then, your pictures, videos, ‘you’ will remain on Mars until future colonists get there to discover you.”

As of now, no official timeline has been set. Briere estimates the total cost of this project will be about $24 million.

People can donate on the Time Capsule to Mars official website.

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