Friday, 16 Jul, 2010 Science
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European Space Agency Is Thinking of Placing a Doomsday Ark on the Moon

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In case a larger part of human race is wiped out along with plants and animals, the survivors will need information about Earth that will help them in the future. The European Space Agency is thinking about a base on the moon that will serve as an encyclopedia that will preserve the information about our planet, including data on plants and animals.

The moon base will include information that people will be able to easily access. The encyclopedia on the moon will allow people that survived on Earth to get a better understanding of things. It will help the survivors reacquire various technologies.

Using the DNA data, people will be able to revive different species of plants and animals that might have disappeared as a result of nuclear holocaust or asteroid collision.

According to Bernard Foing, the executive director of the International Lunar Exploration Working Group (ILEWG) the information bank would allow the survivors on Earth to rebuild the human race.

The databank on the moon base will be available in several languages, including Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish. There will also be at least 4,000 "Earth repositories" where people would live, grow food, have access to water and more.

The base would need to be raised under a rock so everyone and everything inside it could resist extreme temperatures and radiation. The base will partly be powered by solar energy. The basic version of the doomsday ark will feature hard disks with DNA sequences and data on metal smelting and how to grow crops. This ark will be located in a catacomb that will be buried under the surface of the moon. Robots will be used to take care of the ark, informs The Telegraph.

Researchers hope to place the first experimental database in 2020. Its lifespan is expected to be 30 years. A larger archive is expected to be placed in 2035.

It is worth mentioning that the construction of the databank on the moon was discussed in June by William Burrough and Jim Burke at a symposium on "Space Solutions to Earth's Global Challenges" that took place at the International Space University (ISU) in Strasbourg, France.

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