The act of design materialises a future in the present. Designers stake a claim for a particular vision of the future through their designed artefacts, but design generally involves an engagement with the near future. How can designers deal with enormous timescales and engage with questions relating to the far future, to deep time? Can design be meaningful when it relates to a distant time when the designer's civilisation may itself have been forgotten? Design that engages with deep time may in fact be more meaningful in the present and near future than in the distant era for which it is intended. What would it mean to us in the present to secure the continued existence of living things? In this project, a design community pulls the far future into the present through a material engagement with a notional space mission to populate the galaxy with life.