A private lunar lander’s maiden moon mission just assumed a new dimension: helping to preserve some of humanity’s precious cultural heritage.
By Mike Wall | SPACE.com
A „lunar library“ created by the nonprofit Arch Mission Foundation will be among the payloads toted to the moon by Astrobotic’s Peregrine lander in 2020, representatives of the two organizations announced Tuesday (May 15).
The library will include the voluminous contents of Wikipedia, a compilation of human languages assembled by The Long Now Foundation and a variety of other content that will be announced later. This data will be preserved for perhaps billions of years on the lunar surface, according to the Arch Mission Foundation, which is dedicated to archiving our species‘ knowledge for the long haul (hence the name, which is pronounced „Ark“). [Moon Master: An Easy Quiz for Lunatics]
„We’re thrilled the Arch Mission Foundation has selected Astrobotic,“ Astrobotic CEO John Thornton said in a statement. „It’s humbling to think our mission to the moon will deliver something that could be read millions of years from now. Arch’s lunar library will be a monument not only to human knowledge and culture, but also the first commercial mission to the moon.“