Tardigrada has received the following awards and nominations. Way to go!
We are all Polish students, who met at the NASA Space Apps Challenge. As it later turned out all of us actually study at the same school - Gdańsk University of Technology.
From left to right: Adrian, Sebastian (back), Piotrek (front, handsome), Oktawia and Rafał.
Adrian - Web app developer, who learned almost everything during the course of the hackathon. He did a pretty swell job if I do say so myself.
Oktawia - Supporting teammates with useful facts about the topic at hand, which unfortunately is not very handy in school or everyday life. She was keeping contact with participants from other teams in search for valuable information and inspiration.
Piotrek - Responsible for getting things done. He did the visual part of a project, as our resident artistic soul. He was the lead presenter of our solution to the problem suggested by NASA Space Apps Challenge in Gdańsk. He is also the author of the ring, on which we'll expand in the solutions paragraph.
Rafał - Resident thinker, who spent most of his time trying to come up with crazy ideas that later on lead to the creation of the sphere. Responsible for team management, english translations, and helping other teammates with tasks that needed an extra pair of hands.
Sebastian - Calculations, scouring the web for any and all necessary information, reading tons of articles, eating pizza and decoding the original Voyager Golden Record. Also writing this project overview. ;)
At the very beginning of solving the problem of communicating with extraterrestrial life we were inspired by little creatures - tardigrades. These animals have been sent into space and have survived it’s harsh conditions. As that was one of our goals - to make a construction resistant enough, that it could stand hundreds of thousands of years of extreme conditions - we decided to name our team after it. Even if our targets have slightly shifted, we still think they are cute! <3
Picture: Wikimedia Commons
As mentioned before, our goals were developed over the course of the hackathon, as it was quite a long journey, but two of the most important have remained unchanged: code of communication and a durable medium.
Pictures showing conceptual art of our final solution. A sphere marked with a map of the night sky as seen from our outlook into the universe. Inside there is a disk containing information - our small farewell from the other end of the galaxy.
During one of the many exhausting hours of the hackathon, one of us told others a story that deeply inspired us. It was a story of a lone pirate, abandoned on an island by his heartless crew. Knowing that he will not live long enough to see another human being, he decided to wrap the map to his treasure alongside a goodbye message, and throw them both into the ocean inside a glass bottle. And just as that pirate sent his final goodbye into the vast ocean, hoping that one day someone will find it, we decided that we should do the same with our message. Giving all of our precious treasure - knowlege and kulture to extraterrestial civilisations. We as a team believe that our project can make people more aware of environmental problems and the rate at which we consume the Earth’s resources, by giving the people a chance to say goodbye to the universe.Photos of physical disc showing concept how complicated it is to explain the concept of communication between civilizations made by Piotrek from cardboard that we have shown during our local presentation. Before and after solving.
When we decided to give a privilege of choosing what content would be worth sending, to community, from the very beginning we knew it will be done using magical powers of the internet.
We created concept of a web application where people will be able to submit, vote and moderate content that will be sent in our "time capsule". It would be then encoded on the original disc. It is aviable here.
We created open source repository that is aviable on Github: https://github.com/wolskey/nasaspaceapps-tardigrad...
How do we know that the website won’t be flooded with inappropriate and bland content? We don’t have to look much further than the history of the r/place reddit, where people were given free reign of a canvas for 72 hours. The result can be found on the photo above, and is quite astonishing.
We guess that aliens will be rewarded with looooots of cat pictures. :)
SpaceApps is a NASA incubator innovation program.