Space Arks

Storing data and DNA for millions of years as a modern version of Noah's Ark.

Last updated: 2019-01-17

Status

First missions launched (Voyager Golden Disk, Arch Mission) and Spacelife Origin upcoming. While not directly a microgravity application, it benefits tremendously by being away from Earth surface and could be considered NewSpace and being a new business model using space.

Applications

  • Storing data for millions of years and more.
  • Storing DNA and reproduction cells in space.
  • New very long term storage methods for difficult environments.
  • Time capsule in space.
  • Local data caches throughout Solar System for local Internet.

Why & Solution

One of the key benefits of the Arch Mission Foundation™ is to provide a planetary backup of important human knowledge, that can persist for at least thousands to millions of years, and is not vulnerable to extinction level events on Earth. While we hope that a planetary backup is never needed, it's always wise to have an insurance policy in place. Other than stone, most of our storage media decays rapidly with time. Our own present civilization is increasingly reliant on perishable digital storage media that lasts only around 50 years. Without a concerted effort to backup this knowledge in a form that can survive for millennia it is more likely than not that it will perish. As well as protecting vital knowledge in the future, The Arch Mission Foundation will also serve as an inspiring catalyst for space education and international collaboration and understanding for people living in the present era. We will involve students and educators, as well as the wider public, in helping to contribute to and curate data sets, and to design and distribute Arch™ Libraries. 3

The SpaceLife Ark protects your reproduction ‘Seeds-of-Life’ cells in space for the increasing threats that may threaten human life on earth. 2

Pioneers 10 and 11, which preceded Voyager, both carried small metal plaques identifying their time and place of origin for the benefit of any other spacefarers that might find them in the distant future. With this example before them, NASA placed a more ambitious message aboard Voyager 1 and 2, a kind of time capsule, intended to communicate a story of our world to extraterrestrials. The Voyager message is carried by a phonograph record, a 12-inch gold-plated copper disk containing sounds and images selected to portray the diversity of life and culture on Earth. 1

Earthly Solution Risk

Small, because locations in space will be safer in many situations.

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