See how one LSU senior is making an out of this world impact.

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With a major in physics and a concentration in astronomy, it already seems like Ian Sager might have a lot to keep him busy.

However, Sager started off this year by buying a small storage spot on Astrobotic’s private lunar lander Peregrine One.  

“I bought a spot, and it was only maybe about this big,” Sager said gesturing his finger and thumb together. “So actually an SD card wouldn't fit. I had to get something called a nano SD card and a special reader for that.”

Sager reached out to the LSU community with his plans to send the information into space and received a few hundred submissions. Most included people’s names or videos of family and pets but there were a few easter eggs for future visitors of the moon.

“I had an MRI scan done with my brain a few years ago as a part of an academic research study. And I created a 3D model of it,” Sager explained. “I put that on there. I had whole genome sequencing done a few years ago, so I put my whole genome on there. Maybe I’m the first genome on the moon.”

Some pop culture references were throw in here and there as well.

“I think the Shrek movie is in there as well,” Sager said. “ I think I rick-rolled them, too. I have an MP3 of Rick Astley singing ‘Never Gonna Give You Up.’”

LSU Health and Science at New Orleans student Margaret Conrad will have her name included on the lunar lander. She says events like these reflect the LSU community’s commitment to more space-based endeavors.

“Well, interest in space is something that's growing right now,” Conrad said. "Of course, the LSU community is going to grow with that interest, just as the rest of the country does. Projects like this are kind of showing that there's a space on LSU for these interests." 

Sager also recently had a special invitation from SpaceX to watch the Inspiration Four Mission launch, following his involvement in a competition for a three-day orbit around earth. He says despite some setbacks of the past, following your dreams is always worthwhile.

“Do it as crazy as it may sound, whatever it is that you want to do or as improbable as it may seem, there is a way to do it if you try hard enough, and if you don't make it, at the very least, you learn a lot from the process,” he expressed.

Sager focused a lot on how various friends and professors helped him in his endeavors. 

“I've met some incredible people doing the projects that I’ve done," he began. "And, of course, I have lots of other things that I’ve tried that I did not mention in this interview because they didn't end up working out. But the things that did work out only came from the things that didn't work.”

This can-do attitude has been reflected by Sager's continuous drive to express the importance of space and community, no matter how far apart they may be. 

"If I didn't try anything, none of this would have happened to begin with, " he said. "So believe in yourself and just shoot for it, because the worst that can happen is you learn something.

Sager will continue to strive towards his goal of making it to space one day, so he is quite literally shooting for the stars.