What on Earth

[the hair issue]

Every issue of ‘What on Earth’ is a thematic time capsule portraying the diversity of life and culture on Earth. It aims to be a contemporary dossier of human life, for any human or extraterrestrials who comes across it at any distance or time. In this issue, we look at: Hair.

Contributors: Zenzile Sky Lark, Shira Chung, Majida Al Safadi, Laila Kefayah, Bill Sarnecky, Saif Mhaisen, Bianca Morelos.

Sagan about the project said, “The spacecraft will be encountered and the record played only if there are advanced spacefaring civilizations in interstellar space. But the launching of this bottle into the cosmic ocean says something very hopeful about life on this planet.”

 

Inspired by Carl Sagan’s mission of hope, ‘What on Earth’ is a quarterly digital publication for whoever may be out there. 

In 1977, when NASA was preparing for the launch of Voyager I and II into space they decided to accompany each with something unusual - a 12-inch gold-plated copper disk called, ‘The Sounds of Earth’. The ambitious message that came with graphical instructions was a time capsule for any extraterrestrial out there who finds it, to let them know where earth is, who we are, and what we are about. The content of the phonographic record was selected for NASA by a committee chaired by Carl Sagan of Cornell University.

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