The Lunar Library consists of all the world’s knowledge and information on 25 DVD-sized disks made of pure nickel, each only 40 microns thick. BRUCE HA/ARCH MISSION FOUNDATION
Rest easy, because much of the entirety of human knowledge has been backed up, and is on its way to the moon on an Israeli spacecraft called the SpaceIL “Beresheet” lunar lander. It will be among the solar system’s first off-Earth libraries, and the only technology the aliens or post-apocalypse humans will need to access the data will be a rudimentary microscope — something we’ve had knocking around our planet since the 1700s.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifts off with Israel’s Lunar Lander and an Indonesian communications satellite at space launch complex 40, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, in Cape Canaveral, Fla. (Terry Renna/AP)
A civilization backup the size of a computer disk is on its way to the moon. The “Lunar Library,” created by the Los Angeles-based Arch Mission Foundation, blasted off aboard an Israeli spacecraft in February 21. It contains tens of thousands of books, images, and the entire English language Wikipedia. Here & Now’s Peter O’Dowd speaks with Nova Spivack, the co-founder of the Arch Mission Foundation.