Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Here are a few commonly asked questions about LunARC and details about our current activities.

Why are you sending art to the moon?

Why the moon

The next generation of space exploration and development has kicked off in earnest in recent years, with billions being poured by governments into R&D, new launching technologies being developed by the private sector, and broad acknowledgment that the future of IT advancement is in space.  Several space agencies are planning to establish settlements on the moon over the next decade, including NASA with its Artemis missions. NASA then plans to take the next giant leap: sending the first astronauts to Mars.

We believe that space exploration and development should be diverse and inclusive, not just the domain of governments and powerful corporate interests. This mission to establish a public art installation on the moon will inspire the next generation globally to: 1) dream and get excited about space exploration; 2) embrace the spirit of collaboration and cooperation; 3) solve for the critical problems we face on Earth; and 4) start a learning journey anchored around STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math).

Why now? Isn’t it too soon, when there aren’t permanent settlements on the moon?

Why now

We believe that now is the ideal time to begin thinking collectively about how to establish global public goods in this next frontier of development – and that a public art installation on the moon will inspire the next generation to not only participate in the space race, but to put equity at its center. We hope this mission, and subsequent missions, will help spark a global movement.  

How will the art get to the moon?

How the art will be sent

We’ve partnered with LifeShip to deliver digital copies of artwork from around the world in a time capsule on Firefly’s Blue Ghost lunar lander scheduled for May 2024. It will launch on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. LifeShip is a community-powered mission preserving the DNA of Earth’s species and stories of humanity in space time capsules. LifeShip successfully launched two capsules to space in 2022 and is on two upcoming rockets to the Moon.

Firefly’s Blue Ghost lunar lander. Photo courtesy of Firefly.

Where on the moon will the lunar lander touch down?

Where on the moon

The Blue Ghost will touch down on Mare Crisium. The site is large enough to be viewed through a telescope. See image below.

Photo courtesy of NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft, Oct 20, 2017. 

What is the timeline?

The timeline

August 15, 2023 - Deadline for art submission.

September 2023 to May 2024 - Art will be placed inside the lunar lander which will undergo rigorous flight testing.

While the lander undergoes flight testing, we plan to promote the art contributions globally and engage the partner communities in dialogue around space exploration and development.

May 2024 - Rocket launch to the moon!

What will you do with the art once it gets there?

Then what

In this first mission, the art will remain inside the lunar lander for as long as the lander remains on the moon. While this is largely a symbolic moment, there will be key activations back on Earth, and subsequent missions will expand on the art gallery by adding new contributions that may have aspects such as physical installations, projections, and interactive interfaces (depending on the advancement of technology). 

How will you ensure that the art is representative of all of humanity?


Partnerships are key to our model. Working with space agencies, nonprofit organizations, and educational institutions, we plan to inform and engage people in all regions of the world. We  are committed to simplifying the process so there are minimal language or technology barriers.

Who is funding the costs of getting the art to the moon?


The LunARC community will be funding the mission. 

Why should we care about development on the moon, when there are so many problems back on Earth to solve - for example, global poverty, climate change, health inequity?

Why develop the moon instead of the Earth

As a community, we’re deeply dedicated to improving life on Earth. Many of us have backgrounds and day jobs in the social impact space. Yet we’ve noticed that as the space race gets more attention and resources, it has become the sole domain of the most powerful interests. We believe that now is the time to establish global public goods in this next frontier of development and to include diverse and inclusive perspectives.

What is LunARC?


LunARC is a global not-for-profit initiative inspired by NASA’s Lunar University concept. We are a diverse community of people focused on social impact, collaborating on a voluntary basis, to put equity at the heart of the next generation of space exploration and development. We are driven by the principles of boldness, curiosity, humility and collaboration. You can read more about our growing community here

What is Lunar University?

Lunar University

The Lunar University (LU) has been shaped by experts for over two decades. The concept was first developed in 2000 by Nobel Laureate Baruch Blumberg and NASA’s Astrobiology co-founder, Lynn Harper. It was advanced in 2003 by NASA Space Architect Gary Martin, whose team helped develop the Vision for Space Exploration. The LU team of experts was led by Harper, chaired by Blumberg, and included two of the Chief Scientists for the International Space Station, two astronauts and a number of technical experts and academicians from multiple disciplines.

As NASA developed the capabilities of delivering payloads to the lunar surface, this concept gained traction. LunARC DAO plans to expand on the concept of Lunar University through various academic and research partnerships focused on engaging students globally in future missions.

What is the art submission criteria?
We are only accepting images and texts at this time. No audio or video.
While we do not restrict the file size of your submission, we will reduce the size of each submission to 50KB before it is included in the final composite. We have made this decision to maximize the number of submissions we can include in the payload.
Acceptable file extensions for image submissions are jpg, gif, png, tiff.
Acceptable file extensions for plain text - without images - submissions are txt, doc. We require a limit of 30 pages for text submissions.
How can my organization partner with LunARC?
Please email your organization’s mission and website information to We will get back to you on next steps once they are reviewed.