by Dr. Hsien-Hsien Lei
Posted February 21, 2008 in DNA Fun
Are you worried about your precious DNA being lost in space and time once you die? If so, BeInSpace will help you send it into space for safekeeping.
BeInSpace will be collecting 1TB of digital data and DNA, putting it on a rocket and launching it out into orbit, to our solar system, far, far way.
From their FAQ:
Who knows where you will be 2 billion years from now?
Dude. I can tell everybody on this planet today where they will be 2 billion years from now. NOWHERE! We’re all going to be dead, dead, dead, and DEAD.
BeInSpace reminds me of the Alliance to Rescue Civilzation (ARC). They want to create a back-up on the moon of all recordable aspects of human civilization, including DNA samples.
The mission of the Alliance to Rescue Civilization (ARC) is to protect the human species and its civilization from destruction that could result from a global catastrophic event, including nuclear war, acts of terrorism, plague and asteroid collisions. To fulfill its mission, ARC is dedicated to creating continuously staffed facilities on the Moon and other locations away from Earth. These facilities will preserve backups of scientific and cultural achievements, and of the species important to our civilization. In the event of a global catastrophe, the ARC facilities will be prepared to reintroduce lost technology, art, history, crops, livestock and, if necessary, even human beings to the Earth.
Unlike BeInSpace, however, ARC is not publicly soliciting submissions. Whatever and whoever they decide to include will hopefully NOT be a representative sample of what we have on earth today but an improved version. On the other hand, what would I do for entertainment without Britney Spears to ogle?
Photo credit: Wellcome Images under Creative Commons.
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