Landing on the Moon in 2019

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sanctuary sample

This prototype 5 cm disc shows what you can expect from Sanctuary. Explore by zooming down to individual pixels. We hope you'll find something interesting.

You'll find stories about fundamental physics, space voyages, planetary calendars, the mystic cord, Type I errors and randomess, music, art and math. The discs that will be sent to the Moon will be 9 cm in diameter and have about 3× as many pixels as this sample.

We would love it if you participated in contributing to Sanctuary. Currently you can be part of Sanctuary by uploading a selfie (with a message) or send a drawing. If you would like to send more content, we offer partnerships for up to 7 discs.

The Apollo missions brought
12 men and Mankind to the moon.
This was nearly 50 years ago.

In 2019, Audi and PT Scientists
will send a probe to return to
the site of the last Apollo mission.

Onboard will be Sanctuary:
a diverse collection of
knowledge and expression
that explores who we are today.

Sanctuary is a time capsule of information art that will be sent to the Moon. It will be carried to the Moon on ALINA, the Autonomous Landing and Navigational Module engineered by PT Scientists and Audi. It will land in 2019 on Taurus-Littrow, the site of the last manned Moon landing.

Sanctuary is a modern interpretation of the Universal Elements and Platonic geometry. It draws motivation and inspiration from previous projects to commemorate human knowledge and individuality, such as the original Drake message, Arecibo messages, Pioneer plaque, and Voyager's Golden Record.

Big ideas in tiny spaces

Images, information art and text are seamlessly composed on a giant canvas of pixels stored in 10 sapphire discs.

EPHEMERA AND ETERNITY

The discs are permanent but life is fleeting. Each disc will be accompanied by a custom-designed layer of hand-written paper. What would you write?

World's first genomenauts

The Sanctuary collection will contain fully sequenced and assembled female and male genomes. Our biological recipe.

Participate: go to the moon

The discs will contain hundreds of stories, images and glimpses of humanity. Be one of them.

Be part of Sanctuary.

Say something

You'll soon be able to submit a message that will be stored as a tiny image on one of the discs. The disc will last forever—along with your words or drawing.

So, what would you say: to the Moon, to the future, to humanity, to yourself?

Whatever you do, say something.

Sanctuary is collaborative

The discs contain submissions from people of all ages from across the globe.

The Fly With Us To The Moon collection are drawings by children undergoing treatment at hospitals in France. Each child drew the spacecraft that they would take to go to the Moon.

The drawings will be sized at 750 × 750 pixels (1 × 1 mm on the disc) and (if your screen is large enough) are shown above in their final form that will appear on the disc. You'll soon have the ability to submit drawings online.

selfie disc

The Selfie Disc will contain thousands of faces. Some selfies will be accompanied by personal messages scattered across other discs.

Upload your selfie and message

Samples below are shown at 500 × 500 pixels (if your screen is large enough) with text set in a pixel-based font.

team

The Sanctuary team is a collective of researchers and artists from international institutions and diverse fields of study.

We are active in public outreach at the interface of science and art.

Nathalie Besson
Particle physicist
Benoit Faiveley
Producer & engineer
Mario Freese
Engineer & designer
Martin Krzywinski
Genome scientist & artist
Roland Lehoucq
Astrophysicist
Emmanuel Pietriga
Computer scientist
J.-Sébastien Steyer
Paleontologist
Jean-Philippe Uzan
Cosmologist
Nathalie
Besson
Particle physicist
Benoit
Faiveley
Producer & engineer
Mario
Freese
Engineer & designer
Martin
Krzywinski
Genome scientist & artist
Roland
Lehoucq
Astrophysicist
Emmanuel
Pietriga
Computer scientist
J.-Sébastien
Steyer
Paleontologist
Jean-Philippe
Uzan
Cosmologist

partnering

Add value and support the Sanctuary Project.

We have up to 7 discs for partner content. Speak to the future by etching a disc, leaving your ink, or making a game out of the pixels.

Leave your mark on our cubesat.

We also offer the option of having your message or brand appear on the outer casing of the Sanctuary cubesat that will be mounted on ALINA.Once on the Moon, the rovers will film the container.

▲ Sanctuary cubesat

▲ Outward-facing plaque on cubesat

reach us

Contact us at info@sanctuaryproject.eu or use the contact form below to learn about opportunities of how to be part of the collection.

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contact

Reach us at info@sanctuaryproject.eu or use the form below.

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listen: there's a hell
of a good universe next door;
let's go

—ee cummings