A team of scientists announced an ambitious plan to send 6.7 million samples of seeds, sperms, eggs and DNA to the moon, to be stored in a basement there to preserve their safety if anything happened to the planet.
The plan, proposed by a team of University of Arizona scientists at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers space conference early last week, may sound like science fiction, but it is not far-fetched.
On the full reason behind this idea, Says Jikan Thanga, a mechanical engineer and one of the supervisors of the plan: “The Earth is naturally a volatile environment. An eruption of a volcano, a nuclear bomb, or an asteroid could lead to an environmental collapse that would eliminate the life forms on Earth, both plant and animal,” stressing that this idea can preserve For the safety of those forms of life.
Thanga and his team explained how the plan would be implemented in a paper entitled “Lunar Pits and Lava Tubes for a Modern Ark,” or “Moon Pits and Lava Tunnels for a New Noah’s Ark,” he said. Site All That Is Interesting.
In their plan, the researchers assume that this vault, or storage room, would be built under the surface of the moon, where “moon pits” – formerly lava tunnels 80 to 100 meters deep – would be ideal for storing samples.
“These lunar craters will provide ready shelter against the surface of the moon, and this is important because the moon may go through” large temperature fluctuations, “as well as other threats such as meteorites, Thanga said.
Inside the cellar, which will be accessed via long stairs, millions of precious samples of various living creatures will be stored in extremely cold conditions. The seeds are supposed to be stored at a temperature of 144 degrees Celsius below zero. Stem cells may require cooler temperatures of minus 160 degrees Celsius. Robots will take care of these warehouses and will operate with about 191 square meters of solar panels.
“We can still save it until the technology reaches an advanced stage with which we can return these species. In other words, we will save them for another day,” Thanga said.
How will you get to the moon?
But how will 6.7 million samples of seeds, sperm, eggs and DNA of the moon be sent in the first place?
According to Thanga, according to his rough estimates, the cost of transporting these samples would be “economic”, as transporting them would require about 250 missiles.
And Thanga believes that whether it is huge or not, building a vault on the moon like what he envisions should be a priority for humanity. He pointed out that “we (humans) were on the verge of annihilation about 75 thousand years ago after the catastrophe of the massive Toba volcano eruption.”
He explained that the large human footprint on planet Earth means that any collapse of civilization may lead to “a negative cascading effect on the rest of the planet.”
Earth is heading towards disaster
Thanga is concerned about the possibility of the planet heading towards disaster. He sees disturbing parallels with other catastrophic events in Earth’s history “due to human activity and other factors that we do not fully understand.” Thanga noted that in the past few decades, many species have experienced “rapid successive losses.”
The reasons that made Thanga and his team look to constructing a warehouse on the surface of the moon are scary, such as a societal collapse, an environmental disaster, and the possibility of the collapse of the planet as we know it. But some of his team see this project as a symbol of enthusiasm and hope.
“What amazes me about projects like this is that they make me feel as if we are close to becoming an alien civilization, and that humans having bases on the moon and Mars will not be a distant future,” says Alvaro Diaz Flores Caminero, the student responsible for thermal analysis of the project.