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Darwin 'space junk' artist having works rocketed to moon as part of US university experiment

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A Darwin academic that recently proposed creating sculptures above the earth’s atmosphere is one step closer to having his dream become a reality — except his artwork will be rocketed to the moon instead.

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Meet the Darwin artist, whose sculptures are simply out of this world

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ASTRONOMICAL ART: Meet the Darwin artist, whose sculptures are simply out of this world…

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A Bird Song for the Moon

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A team from Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute secured $1.75 million in seed money from Google, and is planning to launch its rover later this year. Engineers have reserved six ounces of payload space for an artifact called the MoonArk, which will be deposited on the moon’s surface and has been described as “a deep human gift and gesture for the Moon.”

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Send Your Art to the Moon

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Moon Drawings is a project created as part of the Moon Arts Group, an initiative at Carnegie Mellon University. Through May 7, anyone can sketch a drawing on the group’s website, and the drawings will then be etched into a 39mm sapphire disc as part of a sculpture called theMoon Arts Ark. Once it’s loaded into the sculpture, your drawing will be rocketed to the moon aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket sometime in 2016.

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The Moon Arts Project, Leaving Traces of Humanity Throughout the Galaxy

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From the ‘small stage that is earth,’ consider the life of light that shines through the entire MoonArk, a pentagonal structure comprised of four independent but interrelated exoskeletal chambers: Earth, Metasphere, Moon, and Ether. 

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9,000 Sketches to be Immortalized on the Moon

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A small robot rolls across the surface of the moon. Behind it in the dust, the wheels leave a meandering track as it changes course according to instructions from Earth. These tracks remain unchanged, untouched for years, perhaps centuries or even milennia, until a future visitor discovers them and realizes that the lines describe an image: a drawing created by an artist who contributed to the Moon Drawingsproject initiated by the Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University.

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JMU Faculty Member’s Art Gets Free Ride to the Moon: Launch Set for 2016

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It was July 23, 2013, and Mark Rooker, associate professor and area head of the Metals and Jewelry program at James Madison University, was in his hospital room recovering from open-heart surgery when he received an email inviting him to create art for the Moon Arts Project. The project will hitch a ride to the moon in 2016 on a lander being sent by Astrobotic, Inc. in partnership with Carnegie Mellon University in competition for the 30 million dollar Google Lunar XPRIZE.

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From Ancient Inuit Maps to Poetry, Researchers Send Art to the Moon

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Designed by an international team of artists, scientists, and engineers, the less-than-a-foot tall object is hitching a ride on a rover engineered by Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute that’s competing for the Google Lunar XPRIZE. If the journey proves successful, the MoonArk will land approximately 300 works in space, from ancient maps to poems to digital art.

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What's Inside this Artistic Capsule Headed to the Moon?

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A small vial containing a drop of blood from 33 artists, a mixture of water from rivers around the world, text messages between a husband and wife, the fingerprints of a journalist and more samples of earthly existence are crammed into an eight-inch-tall capsule headed to the moon. It’s a work of art called the MoonArk, intended to serve as a portrait of humanity, reports Irina Zhorov for NPR.

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Blood, perfume and tiny sculptures that can only be seen with a microscope to be sent in 'ark' time capsule to the Moon

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Science and art will work together for a remarkable new project which will see a creative time capsule sent on a one way trip to the moon… The tiny capsule, named the MoonArk, will contain elements representing the arts and humanities and will function as a miniature museum of life on earth.

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An Artistic Time Capsule Prepares To Hitch A Ride To The Moon

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DNA from a genetically modified goat, a spritz of perfume, sculptures so small you need a microscope to see them.

They’re all headed for the moon.

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Moonful of Culture

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It’s one small ark for man, one giant ark for mankind—as Carnegie Mellon University’s Moon Arts Project plans to send to the moon artwork representing the history of creativity by Earthlings.

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http://cmtoday.cmu.edu/robotics_artsculture/moonful-of-culture/

Professor's art entered in Google competition to go on the Moon

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Mark Rooker loves art to the moon and back. But this time his art is there to stay.

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Carnegie Mellon Is Sending an Impossibly Tiny Art Museum to the Moon

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When Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute sends a rover to the moon next year, the space vessel will save room for the MoonArk, an impossibly-compact capsule bearing elements representing the arts and humanities.

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https://news.artnet.com/in-brief/moon-arts-ark-carnegie-mellon-google-314394

Rover to Carry Earth's Art to the Moon

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A team of international researchers has put together some of the world’s best art, poetry, music, drama, and dance onto small disks and plans to send them to the Moon aboard a rover next year.

The rover developed by the Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute will compete on the Moon for the Google Lunar Xprize, a $30 million (roughly Rs. 190 crores) contest to land a privately funded robot on the lunar surface.

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http://gadgets.ndtv.com/science/news/rover-to-carry-earths-art-to-the-moon-712062

MoonArk

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“Why not get people to look up and think about our spot in the universe, and think about where we are in the greater scheme of things?” — Mark Baskinger

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http://www.cmu.edu/news/stories/archives/2015/july/moon-arts-ark.html

3D Printed Human Artifacts are Being Sent to the Moon with Hopes of Surviving Billions of Years

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…the form of what they are calling the “MoonArk,” a project that has been 7 years in the making. This gift will be enclosed in 3D printed chambers, which were printed by 3rd Dimension Industrial 3D Printing, using a 3D Systems ProX200 3D printer.

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3D Printed Human Artifacts are Being Sent to the Moon with Hopes of Surviving Billions of Years

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That gift comes in the form of what they are calling the “MoonArk,” a project that has been 7 years in the making. This gift will be enclosed in 3D printed chambers, which were printed by 3rd Dimension Industrial 3D Printing, using a 3D Systems ProX200 3D printer.

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http://3dprint.com/74477/moon-arts-ark-3d-printed/

The Moon Is The Limit, Amelia Brust

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A James Madison University professor will leave his mark on the moon indefinitely as part of an art project out of Carnegie Mellon University.

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http://analytics.dnronline.com/article/the_moon_is_the_limit

JMU Artist Gets a Spot on the "MoonArk"

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The project team aims to pack as much information as possible into the six ounces of payload they are allotted on the rover, which is tiny. Tiny design is where Mark Rooker from James Madison University comes in. Rooker is a metal smith with expertise in micro metalworking. He has been commissioned to design the structural components of the sculpture.

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http://wmra.org/post/jmu-artist-gets-spot-moon-arts-ark

We Sent a Dick Pic to the Moon – And We’re Doing it Again

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Burgess and his team of artists, designers, and scientists came up with the MoonArk, a series of four themed chambers filled with artifacts offering an artistic glimpse of what was happening on Earth at the time they were made.

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http://www.wired.com/2015/05/we-sent-a-dick-pic-to-the-moon/

Sending a Message to the Future

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Carnegie Mellon’s William Alba Leads Project To Gather Votes On Earth’s Most Important Locations for Lunar Time-Capsule Message

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http://www.cmu.edu/news/stories/archives/2015/april/message-to-future.html

Carnegie Mellon Moon Arts Ark

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After weeks (months!) of considerations, Carnegie Mellon University has selected our nanoforms to travel to the moon. The university’s Moon Arts Ark project has been carefully crafted for years. This ambitious project was recently awarded 1 million dollars by Google Lunar X Prize for successfully achieving the technical goals set for its lunar landing system (this is the third Milestone Prize won by Carnegie Mellon University and Astrorobotic!)

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