Lunar Codex: a library of the future on the Moon

The Lunar Codex project is a time capsule that will be sent to the Moon to preserve culture and art for future generations. It will contain the most important works and creations of contemporary artists, including a collection of books, stories, poems, essays, and magazines. I can say that the Lunar Codex is a library of the future, an archive that showcases culture and art, but above all, the achievements of humanity.

The project is initiated by Canadian physicist, poet, and art collector Samuel Peralta, and it is being carried out in cooperation with NASA as part of the Artemis program. The author of the Lunar Codex said in an interview with The New York Times that „this is the largest, most global project to launch cultural works into space”.

In one of the four payload that will be sent to the Moon, there will be literature. In others, music (recordings, podcasts/poetry readings, interviews from the Library of Congress program „The Poet and the Poem from the Library of Congress”), art (digital graphics, catalogs, albums, magazines) and film (recordings, scripts). A total of over 30,000 digital works by contemporary artists from almost 160 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” – says Samuel Peralta.

More about Lunar Codex at project website.