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Robert Pearlman
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posted 06-04-2014 04:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Washington Post reports about the plans by some to use the moon as off-planet storage for the religious, cultural and even genetic trappings of humanity.
Proponents of this idea initially plan to rely on groups vying to win millions in a Google-backed space-flight competition, with the first of those missions possibly departing by the end of 2015.

Eventually, commercial moon landers may help carry a diverse library of cultural and biological records to the lunar surface, to be preserved in case Earth suffers a pandemic plague, nuclear holocaust or lethal asteroid strike.

The first artifacts to shoot for the moon might be three religious and philosophical texts. The Torah on the Moon project, based in Tel Aviv, has been courting private firms to deliver a handwritten Jewish scroll called a sefer Torah to the lunar surface. Later flights would carry Hindu scriptures called the Veda and the I Ching, an ancient Chinese philosophical work.

Each document would be housed in a capsule designed to protect it from the moon’s harsh radiation and temperature changes for at least 10,000 years.

sts205cdr
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posted 06-04-2014 09:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for sts205cdr   Click Here to Email sts205cdr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If we're wiped out, what's the point? I don't get it. Can anyone enlighten me?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 06-04-2014 09:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Why did we place a plaque on the Pioneer probes or a record on the Voyagers?

It doesn't even need to be extraterrestrial. Short of the Sun eventually enveloping the Earth, even if humans go extinct, life may continue to evolve until the point that another form of Earthlings make their own giant leap and discover the remnants of their long-extinct cousins. (Of course, such a scenario would require more than the cited 10,000 year lifespan of the lunar archive.)

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