HELLO UNIVERSE is a global initiative to inspire and give voice to humanity, by using technology to share our story in an epic journey of reflection, discovery, and exploration.
Hello Universe will engage the citizens of Earth and encourage humanity to collectively think of our global existence on this pale blue dot. The project will use technological advances to connect us and share the story of Earth's life, people, and understanding of the universe. Its discovery will teach an advanced extraterrestrial civilization about human culture and our solar system.
Technology can be perceived as a barrier to humanity and inclusiveness, due to it’s undisciplined influences and usage in our day-to-day lives. Something that was made to connect us, is actually disconnecting us further apart from humanity. Technology should be used as a tool to enhance our lives, not take over our lives. It should enable us, not replace us.
To regenerate inclusion in humanity, Hello Universe pays homage and tribute to the original Golden Record that traveled on the Voyager missions. We will leverage appropriate technology to collect content that will educate an advanced spacefaring civilization about humanity and our solar system.
To deploy this mission, we will (hopefully!) forge a partnership with The Planetary Society and join in their ongoing journey to explore controlled solar sailing using a CubeSat artificial satellite.
LightSail propulsion relies on solar radiation pressure from sunlight to produce a small degree of acceleration on the sail. LightSail 2 will be launched aboard a Space X Falcon Heavy rocket as a secondary payload into Earth orbit. Hello Universe imagines joining in a launch on a LightSail 3 or LightSail 4 mission that extends beyond Earth orbit.
While the twin Voyager spacecrafts each carried actual physical copies of the Golden Record, with modern technology, it is possible to store an incredibly large amount of information on a very small chip. This was a significant consideration for the Hello Universe team, as we must keep the weight and size of the information storage device as low and small as possible. But we don't want our intelligent extraterrestrial friends to miss our message!
Carl Sagan made an appearance in 1976 on The Tonight Show, during which he demonstrated and discussed his dream of solar sailing. He envisioned that a large emblem could be branded onto the solar sail. We will launch a global art contest and the winning artwork will be included in the design, to help bring Carl's vision to life.
Alternate launch and deployment options that have been taken into consideration include electrical sails and plasma magnet propulsion. The Hello Universe team would consult with professional engineers and experts and get advice before making a final determination on the method.
IMPLEMENTATION PLAN AND MILESTONES
Phase 1: Partnerships (2018 to mid-2019)
Phase 2: Promotion (Summer 2019)
Phase 3: Participation (Fall 2019)
Phase 4: Preparation (Winter 2019)
Phase 5: Launch! (Spring 2020)
Hello Universe will launch with a future Solar Sail mission on a rocket from a leading aerospace company. It will take humanity's messages and lessons on a journey
Phase 6: Reflection (ongoing)
While Hello Universe propels through time and space on beams of sunlight, humanity will follow its journey, and will be able to learn more about ourselves and life on Earth through access to the submissions from our global neighbours and friends.
By sending a collective love letter out into the universe, together we are also writing a message home to each other.
ACCESSIBILITY AND INCLUSIVITY
The goal of Hello Universe is to create an open, inclusive, and accessible initiative that ensures that all people around the world are able to participate in the project. Minimizing barriers is an important factor for our team to implement.
Hello Universe will enable the following accessibility considerations:
WEBSITE & SOCIAL MEDIA
Visit us online at http://www.hello-universe.co to learn more about Hello Universe. Make sure you fill out the form to submit your message, image, video, artwork - or anything you wish to share with the Universe!
Connect with Hello Universe on Twitter at https://twitter.com/hellouniverse__ and use the hashtag #HelloUniverse across all social media channels!
The Hello Universe project, if discovered by an intelligent extraterrestrial civilization, signifies that we exist(ed), and that humanity accomplished attainment of knowledge, discovery, intelligence, happiness, and exuberance from our life here on Earth.
We are curious and social beings, and wonder about life beyond our planet. There is a word in every language to greet others. Hello Universe is one universal greeting encompassing pieces of our existence, experience, and knowledge, in a friendly introduction to an unknown receiver.
Hello Universe website: http://www.hello-universe.co
Learn more about the Golden Record at https://voyager.jpl.nasa.gov/golden-record/
Learn more about NASA's Voyager missions at https://voyager.jpl.nasa.gov
Learn more about LightSail from The Planetary Society at http://www.planetary.org/explore/projects/lightsai...
SpaceApps is a NASA incubator innovation program.