Time Capsule to Mars
Time Capsule to Mars™ (TC2M) will make history by connecting humanity’s shared history with our shared destiny. Carrying digital messages from tens of millions of people from all corners of Earth in the form of text, images, audio and video clips, the state-of-the-art “time capsule” will remain a crucible of today’s human race – to be rediscovered by future colonists of the Red Planet. Time Capsule to Mars™ intends to :
Enable tens of millions of people from every country on Earth to upload their pictures, short movies, text messages and other digital media to the time capsule.
Inspire and educate K-12-aged kids worldwide by enabling them to upload their content, track their spacecraft and lander, and participate via personalized Mission Control portals on the Internet.
Be the first private mission to Mars, the first student-led interplanetary mission, the first use of CubeSats for interplanetary travel, and the first trial of many advanced new technologies.
Unite Humanity under one mission, so we can travel together to Mars as one race, in the spirit of global cooperation and peace.
Space medicine will be an integral part of this mission, incorporating scientific progress into this already ground-breaking project. Because of the design of the time capsule (size, structure, etc.), an opportunity is presented for the study of levels of radiation on future interplanetary missions. We have much more data on the levels of radiation near Earth, but in the vast regions of space from our planet to Mars, we have a notable gap in data. Given our plans for future space exploration, and the risks posed by radiation on long-term missions, this lack of data is a serious problem. It is important to note that Earth’s magnetosphere and atmosphere offer protection against harmful radiation, but this protection diminishes with increased distance from Earth. Meanwhile, Mars has a weak magnetic shield from solar flares and cosmic rays, and a much thinner atmosphere. Because of these factors, radiation will pose a serious threat for future missions from Earth to Mars.
Thus, the Time Capsule to Mars Mission offers a chance to discover more about the levels of radiation that will threaten interplanetary travelers. A device similar to the Radiation Assessment Detector on the Curiosity Rover will be carried with the time capsule, measuring the levels of radiation on the journey to Mars. The Radiation Assessment Detector (RAD) is a toaster-sized device capable of measuring a wide spectrum of radiation using a cesium iodide calorimeter and three solid-state detectors. Thus, the time capsule will utilize similar technology to assess and categorize levels of radiation.
To participate in the Time Capsule to Mars Mission, visit the TC2M website: timecapsuletomars.com