Earthlings, today is your last chance to send a doodle to the moon


In 1969, a “museum” was established on the moon. A tiny wafer attached to the leg of a lunar landing module contained works by artists including Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, and Claes Oldenburg. Forty-six years later, the moon is ready for a new exhibit, this time, featuring your artwork.

(Carnegie Mellon University/CMU Moon Arts Group)

Moon Drawings,” a project at the Carnegie Mellon University has put out a call for 10,000 drawings to be included in an “ark” that will travel to the moon via a Space X Falcon 9 rocket next year. The drawings will be micro-etched on a tiny sapphire disc as part of a larger sculpture that will serve as a “Cultural Heritage Site” on the lunar surface.

The Moon Arts Ark—aka your rocket to immortality. (Carnegie Mellon University/CMU Moon Arts Group)

If all this sounds too esoteric, you only need to know this: YOU (or anyone 13 years old and over) can submit a drawing, a doodle, or a scribble that will travel 238,900 miles into outer space and will remain on Earth’s satellite forever. A few drawings (galactic conditions permitting) may even be etch-a-sketched on lunar soil by a specially designed rover.

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Andy, the lunar rover, may trace your drawing on lunar soil. (Carnegie Mellon University/CMU Moon Arts Group)

As of this writing, over 4,000 spots are available on the disc but today—7 May 2015—at 11:59 EST is the hard deadline.

Gaining artistic immortality just takes a few minutes. Simply go to the project’s website, (maybe skim the interesting but lengthy technical overview and save its philosophical unpacking for later) and doodle away. (Carnegie Mellon University/CMU Moon Arts Group)

Don’t set your sights too high: There is neither the time nor the technology to create mankind’s greatest artistic opus. All participants are limited by the project’s rather basic drawing tool, which allows only a single, continuous line stroke.

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(Carnegie Mellon University/CMU Moon Arts Group)

That simplicity is by design, explains Golan Levin, an artist and educator, and the Moon Drawings’ co-creator. “The tool actually prevents a sophisticated rendering,” he says. “There may be some experts who may create some incredibly daunting drawings that may discourage some people. By giving people the limit of a single line, it enforces a rough quality for everybody. There’s already a Warhol in the moon. This is about celebrating everyday people participating in a way that brings them to moon.”

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