A disc with 30 million pages with information about our civilization –text and photos with history, literature and scientific knowledge– travels in space towards the Moon.
The Lunar Library, as named by the Arch Mission Foundation, is located on SpaceIL’s “Beresheet” lunar lander, launched on a SpaceX rocket, and is slated to make its landing in April. of 2019, CNET reported.
This backup is in a 100-gram nanotechnology device that resembles a DVD, although it is made up of 25 nickel discs that contain, according to a statement from the foundation, almost 200GB with information.
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“The Lunar Library contains an archive of 30 million pages of human history and civilization, covering all subjects, cultures, nations, languages, genres, and time periods,” the text notes.
In the archive are text and XML from English Wikipedia, “plus tens of thousands of PDFs of books, including fiction, nonfiction, a comprehensive Reference Library, textbooks, technical and scientific manuals, and more “
Beresheet Launched successfully! 🇮🇱
We received the first sign of life & data from #Beresheet & the #spacecraft deployed its landing legs as expected. 🙌 #israeltothemoon @ILAerospaceIAI @ILSpaceAgency pic.twitter.com/Lmc9LhGaoo
– Israel To The Moon (@TeamSpaceIL) February 22, 2019
The file took off from Earth on a SpaceX rocket Thursday from Florida on the Israeli probe of SpaceIL, a non-profit organization, in an event that was followed by the country’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.
Thus, it is not surprising that the library also integrates a time capsule for SpaceIL, which contains the culture and history of Israel, songs and children’s drawings.
“The Lunar Library is the third installment of The Arch Mission Foundation’s Billion Year Archive initiative, which includes backups of humanity, taken to many places around Earth and other places in the Solar System,” says the foundation.
The goal, they detail, is to gradually bring records of our civilization to the entire solar system so that “at least some of them survive for billions of years in the future, when they can eventually be found by those who come after us.”