PROJECTS

Space Art DNA Time Capsule

Space Art DNA Time Capsule serves as the Pioneer Plaque of the 21st Century, featuring crowd-sourced drawings created by individuals from around the world. Drawn images represent a visual message to space, reflecting life on Earth and our collective role as Citizens of the Future. This vast collection of drawings is encoded into DNA, nature’s oldest and most resilient storage device. The DNA is encased in a minuscule, lightweight capsule built for spaceflight. Space Art DNA Time Capsule will be launched to Low Earth Orbit aboard a rocket or satellite by 2023. This is our Earth’s record of life to reflect present day and communicate to future generations.

Project Directors: Richelle Gribble, Yoko Shimizu, Elena Soterakis(Beyond Earth)
Collaborators: Sasha Simochina (NASA Jet Propulsion Lab), Yaniv Elrich (MyHeritage), Beth Tuck (Genspace)

Pioneer Plaque

In 1972 and 1973, Pioneer 10 and Pioneer 11 spacecrafts were launched to space carrying gold-anodized aluminum plaques with pictorial messages of the location of Earth within the galaxy as well as images of a human male and female. The Pioneer Plaque was co-created by Carl Sagen, Frank Drake, and Linda Salzman Sagen.

Crowd-sourced drawings of Earth and humanity in the 21st century

Crowd-sourced drawings created by individuals from around the world are collected in the Beyond Earth exhibitions. [Images from the International Science Art Festival in Matsudo City, Japan]

Drawings are encoded into DNA and launched into space as a time capsule

This vast collection of drawings is encoded into DNA, nature’s oldest and most resilient storage device. The DNA is encased in a minuscule, lightweight capsule built for spaceflight. Space Art DNA Time Capsule will be launched to Low Earth Orbit aboard a rocket or satellite by 2023.
Image credit: NASA image library, Pioneer 10 artwork by Don Davis, Matsudo International Science Art Festival