NASA is building a new Voyager spacecraft that will carry the best of modern human culture. What belongs onboard?

Photographers, artists, poets: show us CULTURE.

The word culture I believe is one of those interpreted in slightly different ways by everyone. But generally one thinks of art of all kinds because the greatest descriptor of culture.



If NASA was building a spacecraft that will carry the best of modern human culture I would want it full of books. Books that have been banned, books that have been noted as classics, non-fiction, fiction, fantasy, every genre you could think of.  Books in numerous languages, from different time periods–both present and past–from different communities, countries.

To me writing is how humans express their deepest inner most self–which as ugly and tragic that can sometimes be–is still from my view the best of modern culture. We read the books from the past and they inspire us–either to emulate or to do the opposite off. We read the books from today and they give us hope or show us that things need to change.

All though I guess a simple iPad or something similar is probably the best most efficient way to carry so many books, especially into space. But truly I would prefer the physical versions myself. There’s something so humanizing about the smell of ink on paper, the feel of the page as you turn it, the crinkle of the paper as the background to whatever story the reader is lost in.