An active archive documenting and tracking significant objects of space heritage and diverse waste legacies around the vicinity of Earth orbit, and other local planetary bodies, as a supportive resource for ‘space archaeology’ material culture studies of outer space activities.
ABOUT HERITAGE IN SPACE:
The foundation is pioneering a concerted effort to peer-identify and track distinguished satellite infrastructure in geocentric orbit and on/ around other astronomical bodies. This inaugural catalogue will serve as a basis for drafting formal international heritage registries and soft-law protection guidelines, as well as to support further space archaeology studies in context with inter-agency debris mitigation guidelines and other principles of environmental/ biohazard management ethics. These items of celestial heritage are significant for our cultural landscape insofar as they collectively document the successive historical, technological, political, scientific and philosophical phases of our pioneering space generations in the Anthropocene era and should, therefore, be subject to future conservation provisions in order to safeguard select elements for posterity. In addition to this, several of these documented artefacts also possess direct material relationships with the waste legacies and hazardous substances documented in the After the Horizon research programme.
As part of these activities, an independent 'Heritage in Space' platform (www.heritagein.space) has been cultivated as an active catalogue and real-time 3D map of multinational objects in Earth orbit and in proximity to other astronomical bodies in order to collate public nominations, memories and oral histories of spacecraft necessary for formally determining the relevance of historical celestial artefacts. This registry is developed as a decadal study to document the transient shell of 'significant' artefacts currently residing within extreme environments that regularly intersect protected orbital zones (as defined by inter-agency debris mitigation consortia); regions of LEO and GEO that are essential for sustaining contemporary technological proliferation and scientific study of the Earth system. This index will thereafter enable forthcoming multidisciplinary committees to assess whether identified heritage items within these regions may be feasibly preserved in-situ, while minimising the risk of debris accumulation in these vital orbits for the benefit of future space programmes. Further Moon, Mars, Venus and Mercury models which document heritage assets on these astronomical bodies are also being developed in order to simply track landing/ impact locations and contamination sites.
In addition to these operations, and as part of a concerted international effort to support the legal recognition, management and protection of off-world archaeological sites and artefacts, the foundation has contributed our paramount Catalogue of Human Heritage on the Moon and affiliated research to the For All Moonkind consortium. The catalogue materials will be used as the foundation for their Blockchain repository and also to support their formal legislative and heritage management activities within COPUOS proceedings. For more information about this ongoing work, please visit For All Moonkind.