Several scientists want to send a “Noah’s ark” to the Moon with 335 million samples of sperm and ovules of various species
A group of scientists want to replicate what has already been done with the “vault of the end of the world”, but sending a kind of “Noah’s ark” to the Moon, something that would allow a “backup” of some 6.7 million animal species on our planet.
That would allow that in case of a world catastrophe we would have that type of file with nothing less than 335 million sperm and egg samples of those species in order to preserve them.
Earth is not (at all) safe
The scientists explain that “the Earth is a volatile environment”, and that there was already an episode that endangered life on our planet, when the Toba volcano erupted 75,000 years ago, which caused a cooling period of 1,000 years.
Now this group of scientists believe that climate change is the great threat, since it mainly contributes to rising sea levels. Although the “end of the world vault“which was created in Norway serves as a useful way to preserve a huge seed bank, recent events made it clear what not even that option completely saves these types of resources.
That new “Noah’s ark” it would be built with no less than 250 trips to the Moon, in each of which new samples would be deposited in an underground vault, where they could be safely. It would take advantage of a series of underground conduits that were discovered on the Moon in 2013.
This installation would also consist of solar panels to provide electricity to the entire infrastructure. Samples should be kept at very low temperatures, and the creation of robots to manage everything has also been suggested.
The project is currently a proposal and there is still a lot of work to be done – such as evaluating how gravity affects those samples– but still the idea is remarkable and may make sense now that reusable rocket launches are becoming more and more accessible.
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