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OKIsItJustMe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 04:10 PM
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Earth’s secrets (to be) kept in lunar ark
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/science/articl...
From The Sunday Times
March 9, 2008

Earth’s secrets kept in lunar ark

Maurice Chittenden

IF civilisation is wiped out on Earth, salvation may come from space. Plans are being drawn up for a “Doomsday ark” on the moon containing the essentials of life and civilisation, to be activated in the event of earth being devastated by a giant asteroid or nuclear war.

Construction of a lunar information bank, discussed at a conference in Strasbourg last month, would provide survivors on Earth with a remote-access toolkit to rebuild the human race.

A basic version of the ark would contain hard discs holding information such as DNA sequences and instructions for metal smelting or planting crops. It would be buried in a vault just under the lunar surface and transmitters would send the data to heavily protected receivers on earth. If no receivers survived, the ark would continue transmitting the information until new ones could be built.

The vault could later be extended to include natural material including microbes, animal embryos and plant seeds and even cultural relics such as surplus items from museum stores.

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Vincardog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 04:12 PM
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1. Right after the new dark ages I want to go to the moon before WE recreate civilization.
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gaspee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 04:15 PM
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2. How cool is that!
Wow - nice find.
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RC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 05:13 PM
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3. There is so much wrong with this idea that is is hard to know where to begin.
Our arrogance as a species is what our major problem is and this is just more of it.
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ConcernedCanuk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 06:15 PM
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4. Are those hard disks gonna be running Vista?
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If so, the Universe will be safe from us.
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bananas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 06:25 PM
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5. The last civilization tried that, nobody found it yet. nt
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losthills Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 06:58 PM
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6. I hiope they don't forget to include
the chords and lyrics to Johnny B. Goode.....
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Dogmudgeon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-09-08 07:22 AM
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7. How about this as an idea --
We could stop our collective march into a mass grave and develop a civilization using technology that has little or no adverse impact on the Earth. That way, we could use the Earth as our ark.

Or am I just crazy?

--p!
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OKIsItJustMe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-09-08 04:51 PM
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8. Not a bad idea, but it won't do much to help in the event of a meteor strike
Or pandemic flu, or some other "natural" disaster that has nothing to do with our use of technology.
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