A Digitized Collection of Art, Poetry, and Books Will Be Permanently Installed on the Moon

An Apollo 17 astronaut standing on the lunar surface with the United States flag in the background.

A multimedia creative arts archive will head to space as part of a permanent installation on a series of unmanned rockets that will land and remain stationed on the moon, the New York Times reported on Thursday.

The Lunar Codex is a digitized collection of contemporary art, poetry, magazines, music, film, podcasts, and books. It contains the work of 30,000 artists, writers, musicians, and filmmakers from 157 countries. The semiretired Canadian physicist and author Samuel Peralta started the project.

As executive chairman of the Toronto-based media and technology company Incandence, Peralta has been contacting creatives to acquire the works and archival permissions for free inclusion in the Codex. Submissions by individual artists have also been included, with the caveat that their work must have been included in an exhibition, catalogue, or anthology.

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