Dear Elon Musk,
Nearly every civilization and culture has had a different story for the stars of the Milky Way to shine upon us from the vast ocean of contemplation above.
The stars are the first signs we receive as children that we live our lives, so powerful and yet fragile, enduring over great unknowns and yet fleeting, as members of a group that has persisted for eons and yet are contained here by what magical forces separate us from the immense infinities of the universe.
We live our lives under this umbrella of recognization, a blank open canvas to spread our hopes and dreams, and an impenetrable sense of gravity that ours may be lives to never touch the graces of the foreign yonder. This is our most human condition, that one universal keystone that unites all men and women.
Nearly every civilization and culture has created their own cherished myths to share the importance of this spiritual communion with the mothers and sons.
Ours is a time of more universal longing for a place within these stars, and a time of sorrow and grief for many who feel the coronavirus pandemic was an attack upon mankind from the world itself, and a harbinger of mortal follies, perhaps sure to persist towards our saving graces confronting climate change.
We, and I mean all of us, need a reason to look up at the stars with hope and a magnitude of significance, to connect us with ourselves and our loved ones.
The stars we see in the night sky, whether from the grandeur of our National Parks, or through the fog of mankind in Manhattan, are the same to everyone.
Each point of light represents a single time our universe has found the natural forces to bind its raw materials into a being of pure energy incarnate, a star, to shine out in every direction into space, including the direction that reaches us.
These illuminate our path within the universe, as truly and consistently as the same stars provided navigational orientation for the first transcontinental and worldwide explorers. There is a place within ourselves illuminated by starlight. The stars are the eternity the universe gives to us and our children.
I wish to donate one named star in memorandum and in memoriam to each person who lost their life during the coronavirus pandemic, and to establish this practice as a symbol of humanity to define our age. These stars become definitive ledgers of our time on Earth and heroic monuments to our time on this planet that our loved ones and off-spring can look to for meditation and spiritual guidance on our human being, our past, and our common humanity.
The NASA/Caltech 2MASS All-Sky Star Survey is an astronomical catalog of more than 500 million point sources radiating towards us from the sky, the overwhelming majority of which are categorized stars and in the Milky Way.
The first survey completed in the earlier months of 2001 and used 1.3-meter telescopes in Cerro Pachón, Chile, and Arizona, USA, with no sophisticated optical and infrared equipment and photographic tracking machinery that can be easily prepared and packaged from a centralized distribution center.
The typical identification of a particular star can be achieved with simple long exposure astronomical imaging lasting ten to sixty seconds, or improved with geometric speckle time-invariant processing techniques familiar to both the radio and infrared satellite and astronomical communities. These coffee table sized amateur-cost telescopes are ideal for centralized community learning hubs like universities, community colleges, planetariums, and academies of scientific and advanced study. The software is accessible as a learning course for all who wish to learn the geometric and optical physics, most of it no more fundamentally complex than the originating foundations of astronomy made through brilliant discovery during the Golden Age of Islam. Commercialized, scalable distributions can be transferred out of NASA intellectual properties.
I try to find peace of mind upon the reflection that we can be the generation that selflessly gives our wisdom and charity to each of those children around the world, settled or unsettled, with parents or alone, hoping or searching. It will be a moment our generations reflect on with glee that ours was the time we began integrating our mortal humanity with the heavenly, eternal stars.
To do this I recommend we establish a foundation to process and hold these ledgers of our existence. I wish to believe we can use our substantial influence to sway the international community to donate one dollar for each star to a centralized repository which I use to purchase naming rights for each of the two million human beings around the world that lost their lives during the pandemic. It is my hope that we made continue this effort in earnest for the duration of the pandemic and establish a trusted fund to continue this work in my stead. It will be then that I believe you and I can begin the justified work of designing, fabricating, assembling, distributing, and mobilizing the massive efforts which will be involved to help every local community around the world access the heartfelt spiritual symbol of their loved ones remaining life force.
If the world reflects on this time to begin to understand its new place within the universe, it is my hope that the international community will understand how to usher in this newer and possibly enlightened spiritualism of our time.
For every heart that beats upon a living soul I wish to know the universe has made clear that that soul has a place among us all on Earth and in the stars.
With faith, optimism, hope, and clear skies,
February 25th, 2021