Lunar Library Containing Human Knowledge Is Heading For the Moon!

Israel’s Beresheet launched toward the moon a week ago. Yet, what you might not be aware of is the mystery cargo it was carrying. Mission organisers referred to it as a time capsule, but there is more to the story. The lunar probe is, in fact, holding a DVD-sized metal disc containing a 30-million-page archive of human knowledge.

This “civilization backup” known as The Lunar Library, ensures that we never lose humankind’s collective knowledge, as suggested by Nova Spivack, fellow benefactor of Arch Mission Foundation, the Los Angeles-based nonprofit behind the project. Arch Mission Foundation is building a space-based chronicle intended to survive forever – or at least the next 6 billion years or so.

Credit: Arch Mission (Lunar Library Disc)

Spivack stated, “One of the primary evolutionary challenges that we face is amnesia about our past mistakes and the lack of active countermeasures to repeating them”. “…for the survival of our species, we need to find ways to raise our awareness of what worked and didn’t work, and we need to ensure it is shared with the people of the future.”

Director of the Beyond Center for Fundamental Concepts in Physics at Arizona State University, Paul Davies, sees the Lunar Library as for the most part representative, yet still essential. “It encourages people to reflect on humankind’s place in the universe,” he stated, and to reexamine how we look for proof of nonhuman civilizations, as well.

Davies states “If we can leave records on the moon for a huge duration, maybe E.T. will have done the same”, adding that it may bode well for people to also search for alien relics on the moon or different areas.

The concept of sending a library into space has been suggested in the past. Spivack and his team put a disc containing the whole content of Asimov’s well known “Foundation” trilogy into the glove box of the Tesla Roadster which launched into orbit around the Sun last year.  

For the Lunar Library, the extension must be far more extensive. Spivack added, “We are building a Rosetta Stone for beings who inhabit our solar system in the future”.

So what is stored on the Lunar Library? Along with collections of songs, children’s drawings and writings about Israeli culture and history, there are also more than 200 gigabytes worth of the entire Wikipedia in English-language version; tens of thousands of fiction and non-fiction books; textbooks; and a guide to 5,000 languages accompanied with 1.5 billion sample translations between them. All of this data stored onto 21 nickel disks.

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Teri-Louise is a freelance writer who holds a Bachelor degree in Psychology and Counselling and is currently a Master scholar of Communication and Information Science. She specialises in the fields of psychology, science and relationships. Teri-Louise is particularly interested in topics regarding consciousness, perception, communication, and human behaviour, as well as the nature of reality. To see more of her work click here

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