The Cosmic Welcome Mat: an experiment in public and alien engagement

Jonathon Keats, Alice Gorman

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What if aliens are keeping their distance because we haven't made them feel welcome? This was the premise behind the authors' Cosmic Welcome Mat project, which was designed to coincide with the International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide, September 2017. The aim of the project was to adapt a familiar material object used to communicate the meaning of 'welcome' in terrestrial homes, with the additional purpose of removing dust and dirt from visitors' feet before they enter the building, to perform that function for alien visitors from anywhere in the universe.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages6
Specialist publicationAstrosociological Insights
Publication statusPublished - 2019


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