The question Janet’s Planet is proposing is simple…

What would you put on Carl Sagan’s Golden Phonograph Records in 2017 vs. what was put on the discs in 1977?

“We want the students to consider what would be most meaningful for them to share with future space faring civilizations and share that and for a moment imagine their contribution out among the stars with the potential of reaching other life in the cosmos.” Janet Ivey, CEO of Janet’s Planet. Inc.

Consider this, what speaks to you, may speak to future times and beings. What moves you? What makes you laugh? What makes you cry? What is your favorite thing about being a human? What would you want another space faring civilization to know about Planet Earth? What would you want another space faring civilization to know about you? Your dog named Bunny? Your cat who knits? What’s your favorite emoji? Video? Favorite Song? What do you most want to communicate to the cosmos?

Here is your chance to let the universe know you are here!

How do I participate?

Students can upload text messages, create emojis, upload pictures, videos, sounds, music (with certain parameters and respect to copyrights and standard usage licenses) to under “Join the Competition.” Competitors under 13 must have parental consent, and parent must submit an email address.*

Students can also share their media on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, etc.). Make sure to use the following hashtags to join the competition:


The competition is open to K -12 students, began on August 20th, 2017 and will run until December 2018.

Submissions will be screened and judged by an international panel of educators, astrophysicists, scientists, artists, and engineers. If your submission makes the cut and becomes one of the 115 sounds/images, messages, videos, etc that is chosen for inclusion on the 2017 version of Carl Sagan’s Golden Phonographs, it will then fly aboard a future space mission. The exact mission that will carry the 2017 messages to future times and beings will be announced in 2018 when the winning submissions are announced.

*According to COPPA regulations, we are not collecting personal data, and require that children under 13 years of age receive parental consent, in addition to parents or guardians submitting their email address.