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By Dan Reus
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About this project

What are we doing?

We want to help you explore space through music.  We're going to launch a small satellite that will turn information about its motion, the Earth's cloud cover and sunlight, and the dramatic temperatures in orbit into data to be sent back to the ground. Here we'll turn that data into sounds that you can turn into music to share with your friends, and we'll let artists, educators, musicians and researchers use our data to create anything they like.

Why are we doing this?

Space is too important to be explored by just governments. Because of competitions like the Xprize, for the first time, space can be explored by average people like us. For us to have intelligent dialogue about this critical part of our world, we need to understand it for ourselves. Sound, music and art are incredibly rich tools for comprehending information, and a craft circling the earth can generate data that tools like rhythm, harmony, and melody are perfect for interpreting.

Why should you care?

Whether it's the home of the satellites that provide critical information on our climate and resources or a magnetic shield from particles flung from massive solar storms, the space environment matters to humanity.  An incredible amount of modern life passes between satellites orbiting the Earth and people and our systems on the ground. We may even be polluting space in some unknown way with our wireless "noise". Space is incredibly important to us, yet most of us know very little about what happens around our planet.

We think music can be a tool for understanding space. Through repeating rhythms, we'll be able to imagine the tumbling and spinning of our little spacecraft. Through long rising or falling chords, we'll be able to relate to the dramatic changes in temperature as the satellite goes in and out of sunlight. Music will let us feel space, and this project will let you be part of the experience.

How will we use your money?

Your money will be used to purchase hardware, buy a launch slot on Interorbital Systems' Tubesat platform, fund artists, inventors, programmers and educators who will use our data to create their own space exploration content, pay for our website and hosting, Kickstarter fees, and reward our staff, fellows, interns and volunteers for the hundreds of hours they've invested making this happen.

Who is involved in this?

We have a broad base of support, including a hackerspace, an amateur radio partner, a space education center, arts organizations, musicians, software developers, and educators.  Especially if you're in St. Louis, we'd love to find a way to have our satellite connect your work with other interesting people.

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    Pledge $10 or more About $10

    Every NASA or Roscosmos space mission gets a commemorative mission patch. For $10, you'll receive a 3" full color embroidered Sampling Space mission patch designed by Jennifer Stolzer of St. Louis. You'll also get regular email updates on the progress of our team and the work we're sponsoring. This exclusive design will only be issued to our backers and the team. Why not pledge multiple times for your friends and family members?

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    Are you a "been there, got the t-shirt" kind of person? Or do you just like sporting menacing robots on your clothes? At this level, you'll also receive a handsome Orbital Tour 2011 honorary crew t-shirt. Based on Jennifer Stolzer's winning design, this t-shirt will only be offered to our volunteer crew and backers at the $25 level and up.

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    Always want to hold a space object in your hand? Unfortunately, our satellite will burn up on re-entry, but you and a friend can be one of the few people to hold the satellite before it goes up. In addition to the above rewards, you'll also get a photo of you and a friend with the satellite, gratefully signed by the Sampling Space team.

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    Like to feel like the party revolves around you? At this level, your name (and a link to your website if you like) will go onto the interactive portion of the Sampling Space website, where people around the world will be able to download our data and share the work they make with it with the world. We'll also invite you and three friends to our launch party, where we'll celebrate a successful launch and have musicians and artists (and yourself if you'd like) on hand to interact with our space data for the first time.

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    Always wanted to go into space, but aren't a boy band member with millions to burn? At this level, you get all of the above rewards PLUS your name (or a very brief message) will get incorporated into the satellite hardware. Your name will orbit the earth!

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Funding period

- (60 days)