Council of Trustees:

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).


Project Directors:

Kunze, Martin; Memory of Mankind (AT).

Quast, Paul; University of Edinburgh (UK).


Partnering Organisations/ Institutes:

A Simple Response to an Elemental Message

Arch Mission Foundation

For All Moonkind

The Human Document Project (HUDOC)

The Long Now Foundation

Lunar Mission One

Memory of Mankind

SETI Kingsland

Stamper Technology Inc. / NanoRosetta

UK Astronomy Technology Centre

UK SETI Research Network

University of Edinburgh


International Advisors:

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).

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).


Supporting Facilities/ Instruments:


Dataset Contributors:

  • 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.

Funding Partners:

The Europlanet Society; Public Engagement Funding Scheme.

Partnered Projects:

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

Promotional Partners:

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

Website Production:

Grigas, Karolis.

Quast, Paul.

Visuals & Media:

  • 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.

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