Written by Sebastian Rowett
A researcher at the University of Arizona wants to send samples of sperm, eggs and seeds from 6.7 million species to the moon. Thus it is inspired by the famous biblical story of Noah’s Ark.
A remake of Noah’s Ark? Scientists want to send samples of sperm, eggs and seeds to the moon from 6.7 million wild speciesIn anticipation of an upcoming disaster on Earth, CBS Reports.
It should be noted that there is a similar seed program, this time on the ground, in the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard. But this place, which contains hundreds of thousands of seeds from all over the world, could also suffer from the consequences of climate change, as the water level rises, Explains a press release from the University of Arizona.
“The Earth is likely to be in danger due to many natural disasters and human threats such as global nuclear war that can destroy a large number of species in a short time,” confirms the description of a video clip on this topic.
Noah’s Ark 2.0
From this observation, University of Arizona researcher Gikan Thanga, and several of his students left to envision this “universal guarantee” of life.
The idea is to store these samples in lava tunnels., Vast underground channels dug by basaltic lava flows. The statement said that 200 of this species with a diameter of 100 meters were discovered in 2013.
These galleries would be an ideal place to store these specimens, as they would be avoided Extreme temperature changes on the moon. In fact, There is no atmosphere on the moon. So, there is no weather. According to the Weather ChannelThus, the temperature of the moon shows strong differences, ranging from + 120 ° C during the day to -170 ° C at night.
With this clever idea in mind, is the project still feasible? According to preliminary calculations, these trips will be required 250 rocket launches. By way of comparison, the construction of the International Space Station took 40. It will also be necessary to send robots to explore lava tunnels and find the best places to accommodate astronomy.
finally, Samples will be frozen at -180 ° C. A great challenge because it will be necessary to avoid freezing of structures on site.
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