Beyond the Earth Foundation
This catalogue of Cold War objects (which specifically documents the ‘extended’ Space Race era between 1957 – 1991) is consolidated as an active-document for communal input and modification in order to initially identify and track celestial resources that should be the focal point of future international heritage protection policies within appropriate registries.
The long-term communication of information is of moral and ethical interest to a number of global stewardship entities including bioethics observatories, climate regulators, biosphere conservators and hazardous waste depository authorities as well as international communities who wish to preserve artifices of cultural heritage for the benefit of their distant descendants; records which should be responsibly committed to multi-generational memory for the long-term sustainability of our common home. Conserving the commensurability of these intersubjective resources therefore necessitates the consolidation of discernible, inductive materials and auxiliary communicative strategies [such as those employed within the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence] in order to successfully bequeath intelligible 'messages' beyond deep time and space. This manuscript outlines specifications and design considerations for the forthcoming 'Companion Guide for Earth' artefacts that are presently under-development by the Beyond the Earth foundation for the purposes of deep time 'interpretability preservation' i.e. providing an intuitive, non-partial introductory guide that should theoretically support bottom-up commensurability for the discoverer(s) over protracted intervals of cosmic time; regardless of the recipient's state of cultural evolution, social conventions, linguistic structure(s), cognition, ontogenic or phylogenetic traits, morphology, sensory perceptions or genetic heredity. These introductory guides and consolidated proemial resources aim to coordinate the archaeology of the future by providing a locally-accessible, exosemiotic interpretation of our civilisation's intelligible artifices (alongside vital planetary/ biota resources and records as redundancy information) therefore allowing the discoverer to formulate intelligible deductions about this material before facilitating the recovery of additional terrestrial/ celestial repositories for accessing a more elaborate legacy of our civilisation and generation(s).
This guide details preliminary specifications for the forthcoming, orbiting archival elements that are being developed by the Beyond the Earth foundation. The purpose of each repository is to provide a potential discoverer (future human descendants, ET etc.) with an introductory, non-partial understanding of the [present] diversity in human cultural heritage alongside other vital planetary/ biota characteristics before coordinating the recovery of additional terrestrial libraries, time capsules and vaults in order for the receiver to access a more elaborate legacy of our civilisation. This library of information will, in essence, serve as an introductory 'companion guide to Earth'; a marker strategy for coordinating the archaeology of the future.