I dreamed of going to the Moon and one day it was possible. I'm sharing that dream with many of the artists, authors, musicians, and filmmakers whose work I love.
Welcome, my name is Samuel Peralta. The Lunar Codex is that dream realized, a collection of works from thousands of artists across the globe, launched in three time capsules to the Moon.
The U.S.'s National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has a plan, the Artemis Program, to land humans back on the Moon in 2026, for the first time in over 50 years.
In preparation, NASA will send scientific instruments to the Moon, over 2022 to 2025, via Commercial Lunar Payload Service (CLPS) partners, such as Astrobotic Technologies and Intuitive Machines. Their lunar landers will launch as payloads of commercial rocket platforms by the United Launch Alliance (ULA) or SpaceX.
Along with NASA instruments, these missions will carry commercial payloads, including the time capsules that make up The Lunar Codex.
On November 16, 2022, the Orion spacecraft launched on NASA's Space Launch System (SLS), will orbit the Moon and return to Earth, in the first of NASA's Artemis missions.
For NASA's moon landings, and for the Lunar Codex, this is a prelude: Along with other payloads, Orion carries a flash drive that includes "Three Faces of the Moon" - a poem series which will be archived on the surface in a later mission by the Lunar Codex.
The Lunar Codex will be the first significant placement of contemporary arts on the Moon in over fifty years. While focused on visual art, the Lunar Codex also includes a substantial collection of contemporary books, stories, poetry, essays, music, films, and more.
"The Orion Collection" is our payload associated with NASA's first Artemis mission, orbiting the Moon and returning to Earth.
"The Peregrine Collection" is our payload associated with Astrobotic's Peregrine mission, landing in Lacus Mortis on the Moon.
"The Nova Collection" is our payload associated with the Intuitive Machines Nova-C mission, landing in Vallis Schrasöteri, in the area of Oceanus Procellarum on the Moon.
"The Polaris Collection" is our payload associated with an Astrobotic Griffin/NASA VIPER mission, landing in the vicinity of the Lunar South Pole.
As an arts and culture project, the Lunar Codex has been called the most expansive, international, and diverse collection of contemporary culture launched to the Moon. A documentary being filmed about the Lunar Codex is calling it a "time machine". Others have called it the "ultimate anthology", or the "museum on the Moon".
At its essence, the Lunar Codex is a set of time capsules, a message-in-a-bottle to future generations.
Significantly, it is the first project to launch the works of women artists to the lunar surface. It is also the first project, to our knowledge, to place film and music on the Moon.
The Lunar Codex represents creative work from Canada, the U.S., India, China, Australia, South Africa, the U.K., and indeed from 137 countries and territories from Europe, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, North America, Oceania, Asia and the Middle East - firsts on the Moon for many of these countries.
"Our hope is that future travelers who find these time capsules will discover some of the richness of our world today... It speaks to the idea that, despite wars and pandemics and climate upheaval, humankind found time to dream, time to create art.”
- Samuel Peralta