The Beyond the Earth foundation is an international, non-profit public benefits, education and research organisation, which was initially established in 2016 to investigate the breadth of indelible legacies arising from humanities' causal relationship with its' surrounding environment, while also contributing to the theoretics of information-conservation debates and communication strategies for the benefit of deep-time archaeology and stewardship discourse. Our diverse research programme goals, educational applications, and stewardship initiatives, are peer-developed in partnership with other professional institutes and outreach groups. The foundation, registered as a charitable entity in 2018 (SC048652), is governed by a multidisciplinary council of trustees who provide oversight, expertise and guidance on activities, alongside a number of voluntary associates, collaborating partners and other agents who help us to deliver opportunities and educational activities.

Our principle objectives adhere to both the egalitarian and common heritage of humankind principles; premises of international law which designate that defined elements of humankinds' collective (cultural and natural) heritage should be held in trust and protected from exploitation for the benefit of future generations.




Capova, Klara Anna; European Space Technology Centre (NE) & Durham University (UK).

Dunér, David; Lund University (SE) & METI International (US).

Dutil, Yvan; Ministère de la Santé et des Service Sociaux, Québec (CA).

Quast, Paul; University of Edinburgh (UK).

Smith, Kelly; Clemson University (US) & METI International (US) & Interstellar Beacon (US).

Stoyanova, Victoria; Napier University (UK).

Traphagan, John; University of Texas at Austin (US) & METI International (US).




Long Now Foundation
Stamper Technology Inc.


Abelmann, Leon; HUDOC, University of Twente (NE).

Ansbro, Eamonn; SETI Kingsland (IE) & UK SETI Research Network.

Benford, Gregory; Astrophysicist & Author (US).

Blaxter, Mark; University of Edinburgh (UK).

Brin, David; Author & Fellow of Institute of Ethics and Emergent Technologies (US).

Dravins, Dainis; Lund Observatory, Lund University (SE).

Elliot, John; Leeds Beckett University (UK), UK SETI Research Network & International Academy of Astronautics (IAA).

Evans, Chris; UK Astronomy Technology Centre.

Green, David; The Ozymandias Project (US).

Ha, Bruce; Stamper Technology Inc. & NanoRosetta (US).

Hanlon, Michelle; For All Moonkind (US).

Hanlon, Timothy; For All Moonkind (US).

Haqq Misra, Jacob; Blue Marble Institute (US).

Irons, David; Lunar Mission One & Lunar Mission Trust (UK).

Kunze, Martin; Memory of Mankind (AT).

Lomberg, Jon; Artistic Director of the Voyager Records & One Earth Message (US).

Manz, Andreas; HUDOC, University of Freidburg (DE), KIST (KR).

McCaughrean, Mark; European Space Technology Centre (NE).

Sandberg, Anders; University of Oxford - Future of Humanity Institute (UK) & UK SETI Research Network.

Scotese, Christopher Robert; University of Texas (US).

Taylor, William; UK Astronomy Technology Centre.

Welcher, Laura; The Long Now Foundation (US).





  • HI4PI collaboration et al., A&A 594A, p. 116H, 2016. The Parkes Radio Telescope is part of the Australia Telescope National Facility which is funded by the Australian Government for operation as a National Facility managed by CSIRO. The EBHIS data are based on observations performed with the 100-m telescope of the MPIfR at Effelsberg, funded by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG).

  • Yoshida Y, Koutsovoulos G, Laetsch DR, Stevens L, Kumar S, Horikawa DD et al. (2017) Comparative genomics of the tardigrades Hypsibius dujardini and Ramazzottius varieornatus. PLoS Biol 17 (7): e2002266.

  • Gaia Collaboration et al. (2016) Gaia Data release 2.  This work has made use of data from the European Space Agency (ESA) mission Gaia, processed by the Gaia Data Processing and Analysis Consortium. Funding for the DPAC has been provided by national institutions, in particular the institutions participating in the Gaia Multilateral Agreement.

  • Planck Collaboration et al. (2013). The Cosmic Microwave Background. Based on observations obtained by the Planck space observatory, an ESA science mission with instruments and contributions directly funded by ESA Member States, NASA and Canada.

  • The Long Now Foundation (2009) The Rosetta Project; 300 Languages. The Long Now Foundation.

  • The Long Now Foundation (2009) The Rosetta Project; Swadesh Vocabulary Lists. The Long Now Foundation; Panlex.

  • Lomberg J, Bell, S (1997) A Portrait of Humanity; stereo photographs. Photographs originally intended for the 2005 ESA Huygen's probe landing on Titan. Project produced by Jon Lomberg. Photographs courtesy of Simon Bell.


The Europlanet Society; Public Engagement Funding Scheme.


'A Message from Afar' (website) as part of the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition 2019.


University of Edinburgh; Humanities and Social Sciences Press & Public Relations.


Grigas, Karolis.

Quast, Paul.


  • Azimuthal Equidistant (South Pole) Projection (2017/ 2018) - courtesy of NS6T's Azimuthal Map generator.

  • Beyond the Earth foundation (2017/ 2018) - 16 Project Discs.

  • 'Clouds exert a major influence on Earth's climate...' (2013) - Norman A. Kuring, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.

  • Earth Full-Disk Image (2017) - NASA, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [NOAA] & GOES-16 Satellite/ Team.

  • ETOPO1 Global Relief Model [WebGL Capsule Canvas] (2008) - National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration [NOAA].

  • Hurricanes Katia, Irma & Jose (2017) - Joshua Stevens (Suomi NNP VIIRS data from LANCE/ EOSDIS) & NASA Earth Observatory.

  • Pioneer F Plaque Location (1972) - NASA.

  • Terra [WebGL Canvas] (2009) - Marit Jentoft-Nilsen & Robert Simmon (MODIS, MOFITT, MISR, ASTER, GOES & CERES Teams)

  • The Black Marble (2017) - Joshua Stevens (Suomi NNP VIIRS data from Miguel Román) & NASA Earth Observatory.

  • The Black Marble; Asia Composite (2017) - Joshua Stevens (Suomi NNP VIIRS data from Miguel Román) & NASA Earth Observatory.

  • The Blue Marble (1972) - Apollo 17 Astronauts & NASA (AS17-148-22727).

  • The Milky Way Panorama (2009) - European Southern Observatory/ S. Brunier.

  • Total Solar Eclipse, 29 March 2006 (2006) - Meteosat 8 satellite.