Life on Moon is now possible

James Marshall
August 9, 2019

Experts are now predicting that they could survive on the Moon for up to 30 years.

Based on their analysis of the spacecraft's trajectory and the composition of the lunar library, Spivack told Wired he was fairly sure that the cargo survived the impact.

Nova Spivack, the founder of the Arch Mission Foundation - which created the Israeli lunar lander that crashed into the moon last spring - believes the water-dwelling tardigrades survived the crash. "We knew there were risks but we didn't think the risks were that significant". A month later, it was reported, Beresheet had crash-landed and was irredeemably broken except, for a curious, quirky payload called the Lunar Library. Each of the foils house a DVD master, which contain more than 100GB of highly compressed datasets that decompress to nearly 200GB of content, including the text and XML of the English Wikipedia, plus tens of thousands of PDFs of books - including fiction, non-fiction, a full reference library, textbooks, technical and scientific handbooks, and more. As for whether any of the DNA or tardigrades are still intact, that's anyone's guess, but Spivack says there's no reason to worry about water bears taking over the moon. "However the human cells, plant cells and micro-organisms we sent could be recovered, studied and their DNA extracted - perhaps to be cloned and regenerated, far in the future", he added. "We have to sort of plan for the worst". On April 11, it crash landed on the moon after a series of technical failures during its final descent.

Weighing only 1300 pounds and roughly the size of a vehicle, the lander was much smaller than other spacecraft and operated by a single computer.

The spacecraft was budgeted at $100 million, a fraction of the cost of vehicles launched to the moon by major powers - the United States, Russia, and China - in the past. It was a joint venture between private companies SpaceIL and Israel Aerospace Industries, funded nearly entirely by private donations from well-known Jewish philanthropists, including South African billionaire Morris Kahn, Miriam and Sheldon Adelson, Lynn Schusterman, and others.

The animals are in fact very tiny and just millimetres-long.

Kahn said three elements motivated him to fund the project.

The first four layers contain more than 60,000 analog images of pages of books, photographs, illustrations, and documents - etched as 150 to 200 dpi, at increasing levels of magnification, by optical nanolithography. The second was to encourage young people to become involved in the sciences.

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