This whole post seems so unreal to me as I share the news that my first e-anthology “The Medusa Project”, as an editor for the UK based Literary and Arts Journal, Mookychick, has been selected as the digital payload for the The Polaris Collection – Launching in 2023 with SpaceX / Astrobotic Technologies’ Griffin Lander / NASA VIPER Rover. The anthology has been co-edited by me and the UK based poet and artist, Juliette Van der Molen.
Here is the link for the Lunar Codex Project and “The Medua Project” as its digital payload.
About the Polaris Collection:
“The Polaris Collection” is payload associated with an Astrobotic mission in, most likely the Griffin/VIPER mission, landing in the area of the Lunar South Pole. As an arts and culture project, The Lunar Codex is the most expansive, international, and diverse collection of contemporary culture launched to the Moon. Significantly, it is the first project to launch the works of women artists to the lunar surface.
About the Lunar Codex :
The Codex represent artwork from the U.S., Canada, Latin America, Europe, the U.K., Australia, the Middle East, India, Asia, and more – firsts on the Moon for many of these countries. Me on the behalf of the Mookychick team is immensely grateful to Dr Samuel Peralta, payload coordinator, for selecting the anthology and making the works of 50+ women creative part of this historic creative payload.
This will be the first significant placement of contemporary arts on the Moon in 50 years. While focused on visual art, the Lunar Codex also includes a substantial collection of contemporary books, stories, poetry, music, essays, and more.
The U.S.’s National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has a plan, the Artemis Program, to land humans back on the Moon – targeted for 2024 – for the first time in over 50 years. In preparation, NASA will send scientific instruments to the Moon, over 2021 to 2023, via Commercial Lunar Payload Service (CLPS) partners, such as Astrobotic Technologies and Intuitive Machines. Their lunar landers will launch via 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.THE LUNAR CODEX is LAUNCHING THE WORKS OF 5000 CONTEMPORARY CREATIVE ARTISTS (PLUS ONE A.I.) IN THREE LUNAR TIME CAPSULES namely
The Peregrine Collection – Launching early 2022
with United Launch Alliance / Astrobotic Technologies’ Peregrine Lander
The Nova Collection – Launching early 2022
with SpaceX / Intuitive Machines’ Nova-C Lander
The Polaris Collection – Launching in 2023
with SpaceX / Astrobotic Technologies’ Griffin Lander / NASA VIPER Rover
About the Anthology :
The anthology “The Medusa Project” curates and spotlights the work of almost 50+ women creatives arond the globe. The anthology has been co-edited by me and the UK based poet and artist, Juliette Van der Molen. The anthology also features my poem “Metamorphosis”.The anthology has been conceptualised to celebrate the 100 years of the suffragist movement that celebrates the 19th amendement to the US constitution giving the women the right to vote. “The Medusa Project” e-anthology is free to download.
Dr. Samuel Peralta, payload coordinator and curator, notes: “Our hope is that future travelers who find these time capsules will discover some of the richness of our world today..