The New Horizons Message Initiative is attempting to persuade NASA to include a message to the stars aboard its New Horizons spacecraft.
The Honaunau-based group says the first 10,000 signers of their petition to NASA will have their names listed as part of the message.
“It will be a nice slice of immortality for early supporters of the initiative,” said project director and Kona resident Jon Lomberg. “The spacecraft will sail forever around the galaxy, and your name can go with it.”
Lomberg, who served as design director for the iconic Voyager Interstellar Records, has assembled an international team of advisors to oversee the creation of a worldwide, crowd-sourced self-portrait of Earth, made by millions of people worldwide.
After its 2015 encounter with Pluto, New Horizons will become the fifth human-made object to leave the solar system. NHMI hopes to beam a new message to be stored aboard the spacecraft’s computers following the successful completion of its Pluto mission, said Lomberg.
Sign the petition at newhorizonsmessage.com. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.