Scientists at the University of Arizona have come up with a wonderful proposal that could save life on Earth if someday the end of the world happens. They want to build Noah’s Ark in lava tunnels on the moon, which would contain genetic material from 6.7 million species of fungi, plants, and animals. It includes human sperm and egg cells.
The idea was submitted on IEEE Aerospace Conference, Currently running (approx). Scientists themselves call it a “land insurance policy.” According to Professor Jekan Thanga, there is a good chance that Earth will someday face a natural disaster or human threat like global nuclear war, which will wipe out many species in a short period of time.
The solution, according to his team, is to build Noah’s Ark on the Moon. And this plan is surprisingly realistic. The astronomy will be placed in lava tunnels on our satellite. They were first discovered in 2013, at a depth of 80 to 100 meters underground and there is a fairly constant temperature of -25 degrees Celsius. They would have stayed the same for three to four billion years. “They are also only four days away from Earth,” said Thanga. “They are an ideal refuge from the fluctuations of temperatures on the surface of the moon, cosmic rays and the impact of small meteors.”
The ship will preserve terrestrial life in special units, at temperatures below -180 ° C. In this way, it can survive for hundreds of years, according to scientists. It would be a setting comparable to Doomsday or Global Seed Vault. It is located a few hundred meters under the Spitsbergen archipelago near the North Pole and is home to 556 million seeds. The seeds have to be safely there in the event of a massive disaster that wipes out all crops on Earth. However, a similar vault on the moon would be safer, according to American scientists.
Project power generation shouldn’t be an issue on the moon. According to scientists, solar panels of no more than 190 square meters are supposed to work. Handover and construction of the ship would not be straightforward, but neither would be impossible.
The samples could be transported to the moon through 250 flights, Thanga said. By comparison, the International Space Station has been built with 40 flights. He himself thinks that this is not so bad. “We were expecting there to be more,” he says.
But first, a number of practical hurdles must be overcome. “Our research tells us that new technologies are needed to reach a successful outcome,” they say. “New investments and developments in robotics are also needed to be able to operate in extremely cold temperatures.”
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