The Arch Mission Foundation and Astrobotic Technology announced plans to launch history into space.
Rochester man Bruce Ha, president of Stamper Technology, found a way to help them put a library on the surface of the moon.
“Nickel foils, each one having 8,000 pages of text, a stack of 1.5 inches of this will contain 30 million pages which is enough to easily contain all of Wikipedia in text,” said Ha.
It’s called the Lunar Library.
Containing the English Wikipedia, the Rosetta Project and a digital library of human languages.
This will also be the first commercial mission to the moon.
“I discovered a technology that can not only archive humanities information but archive it in a format that won’t take up a lot of space,”said Ha.
The film is made out of nickel, which has a melting point of 2,600 degrees Fahrenheit. The moon’s surface temperature varies by a couple hundred degrees Celsius but no match for his technology.
The Lunar Library will be able to store up to 360 terabytes worth of data for nearly 14 billion years.
“Ten thousand years ago, we were caveman writing our names on caves,” explains Ha. “Imagine to be able to uncover something like this and know what our civilization was like today… It’s a gift to our future humanity,” said Ha.
Astrobotic Technology, which flies hardware systems into space, will carry the lunar library to the moon on its Peregrine Lunar Lander and store it on the moon surface.
The lunar launch is set for launch in 2020.
The Arch Foundation plans on their third space mission to be Mars.
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