Cosmic culture: Nano capsule will take art to the moon

From RT Cosmic Culture

Pockmarked with the remnants of early space exploration, the moon now plays second fiddle to Mars as a potential destination. But a new project aims to revisit the lunar landscape – by rocketing a mini art gallery to Earth’s natural satellite.

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MoonArk lands at Thrival Festival, Carnegie Museum on way to the moon

From Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The MoonArk, which will debut at this year’s Thrival Festival, aims to break boundaries of Earth, space and time. The artful capsule, part museum and part performing arts center, will reside at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History until Sept. 25, 2018, then be sent to the surface of the moon on an Astrobotic lander in 2019.

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MoonArk To Be Unveiled at Thrival Festival

From The Piper: Campus & Community News

After nine years and the work of over 300 people, the MoonArk will be unveiled at the Thrival Innovation & Music Festival on Thursday, Sept. 28. It will then be on display in multiple venues before it heads to the moon in 2019.

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A nightingale’s song is headed for the moon

From Deccan Chronicle

Later this year, Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotic Institute is sending a rover to the moon in competition for the Google Lunar XPRIZE, which promises $30 million to the team that successfully lands a robot on the satellite and sends back high-definition images. Their effort is called the MoonArk, and among its many earthly artifacts will be a recording of a nightingale’s song.

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Artworks to be launched to the Moon

From Charles Darwin University

History will be made later this year when artworks by a Charles Darwin University academic are launched to the Moon.

Images of two works by senior lecturer in visual arts Dr Ioannis Michaloudis were selected recently to feature in the first man-made sculpture to be permanently displayed on the Moon’s surface.

Dr Michaloudis said the sculpture would journey more than 383,000 km to the Moon from the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida, United States, aboard the Space X Falcon 9 rocket.

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Art made by University of Northern Colorado professor going to the moon

From 9 news

A professor at the School of Art and Design at University of Northern Colorado has some artwork that is pretty out of this world.

Well, she is actually having some of her artwork sent to the moon.

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The MoonArk: на Луну отправят образцы современного искусства


Луна уже приютила «каракули» Энди Ворхола, два мячика для игры в гольф и послание от королевы Великобритании. К концу года на спутник Земли отправят сотни новых предметов, многие из которых могут показаться ещё более странными.

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Nanoarte no MoonArk nos EUA

From Centro de Desenvolvimento de Materiais Funcionais

A nanoarte produzida no Centro de Desenvolvimento de Materiais Funcionais (CDMF) é uma das protagonistas de dois encontros singulares entre arte e ciência […]. A nanoarte brasileira estará associada, de forma inédita, à aventura humana no espaço no projeto MoonArk (Museu da Lua), nos Estados Unidos, organizado pelo professor Cris Ofescu, por meio das imagens criadas no CDMF por Rorivaldo Camargo, Daniela Caceta, Enio Longo e Ricardo Tranquilin, vencedores de uma etapa da nanoarte, promovida pelo professor norte-americano. “O professor Cris Ofescu criou um novo conceito da Nanoarte colocando as nossas imagens nesse projeto de certa forma insólita, indo para a Lua, associando a nanorarte aos descobrimentos espaciais do homem”, disse Elson Longo, diretor do CDMF.

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From the University of Nevada, Reno to the moon

From Nevada Today

Look to the moon one night in the near future, and among the shiny sea of gray, a speck of a speck, imperceivable to the human eye, will be the work of Siddhartha (Sid) Pathak, University of Nevada, Reno assistant professor of Chemical and Materials Engineering, and two of his undergraduate students, Cordero Nuanez and Cayla Harvey.

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MoonArk aims to put a microcosm of culture on the Moon

From 2 New Things

Much of what we’ve left in space has been done out of practicality. Used pieces of spacecraft, lost satellites, and even dune buggies and garbage don’t get returned to Earth because it would be too difficult or energetically costly do bring it home. Not everything we’ve relocated to the cosmos was a leftover though, as many people would like to make a more proactive statement about our species than just being messy. A project in development now seeks to put a bit more of human culture on the Moon beyond our equipment and sun-bleached flags.

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Artists Send Symphony to the Stars

From Carnegie Mellon University News

Since the beginning of time, people around the world have looked up at the vast sky and wondered, “Is anybody out there?” Carnegie Mellon University Professor of Art and pioneering space artist Lowry Burgess thinks so, and he’s banking on the fact that life forms in space appreciate the arts the same way humans do.

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A&E Slideshow: The MoonArk

From A&E Mag

The Moon Arts Project, with a team of about 30 artists, designers, scientists and engineers, has conceptualized and created the MoonArk, which will take art and science hand in hand to the harsh realities of space. With advances in modern technology, the MoonArk hopes to be a lasting depiction of life on the polar end of the orb.

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MECCO Joins Project to Send Ark to the Moon


MECCO, a leader in the marking and traceability industry, has announced that they have joined Carnegie Mellon University’s Moon Arts Group in a collaborative effort to place a six-ounce capsule known as the MoonArk on the Moon.

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

From Australian Broadcasting Corporation

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

From 9 News Darwin

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

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A Bird Song for the Moon

From New Yorker

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

From Mental Floss

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

From what's up miami

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


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 Drawings project 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

From James Madison University News

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

From Hyperallergic

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?

From Smithsonian

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

From Daily Mail

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

From NPR

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

From Carnegie Mellon Today

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

From The Breeze

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

From artnet news

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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Rover to Carry Earth’s Art to the Moon

From Gadgets 360

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


…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


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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The Moon Is The Limit, Amelia Brust

From Daily News Record

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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JMU Artist Gets a Spot on the "MoonArk"


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


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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Sending a Message to the Future


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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Carnegie Mellon Moon Arts Ark

From fahrenheit2451

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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