How does my DNA get to the Moon?
Your DNA gets preserved in a capsule and launched on a rocket. The capsule, made by our partners at Arch Mission, shares a commercial lunar lander along with other payloads and NASA missions. The rocket launches into orbit and then does a few laps around the Earth to gain altitude before slinging the lander into a lunar capture orbit. Once the lander lands on the Moon, it stays there forever. Holding the capsule and you on the Moon forever.
The first mission launches on a ULA Vulcan rocket out of Cape Canaveral, Florida. Boarding is closed and the launch is planned for late 2021. The lunar lander is the Astrobotic Peregrine lander made in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
A next mission is in 2023 with Firefly's Blue Ghost lander. Additional missions are being planned for 2022 and 2023. Further details announced soon.
When does my DNA need to be back by?
LifeShip has a series of missions planned over the next few years. Your DNA will go on the next available mission from whenever it is returned.
What else will my DNA get used for?
We won’t sequence your DNA, sell your DNA, share your DNA, or otherwise use your DNA. It’s safe. We take your privacy seriously.
What about contaminating space bodies? Is this legal?
We care deeply about protecting space! Your DNA is an inert molecule and we store it in a sterilized capsule following standard space protocols. This mission is legal according to international space agreements. NASA recently updated Planetary Protection policies and cleared biological missions to anywhere on the Moon except the permanently shadowed icy regions.
How long will my DNA last? What about radiation?
The capsule has radiation shielding and contains thousands of copies of your DNA. It will degrade over time but even fragments can be pieced back together. Scientists have decoded Woolly Mammoth and Neanderthal DNA by reassembling tiny fragments using existing technology. We estimate it'll be recoverable for about 10,000 years. It may not be eternity, but it's a start.
How does my DNA get stored?
Your DNA gets extracted from your cells. It gets added along with DNA from other species and humans and gets preserved in a synthetic amber polymer. All DNA is stored together for miniaturization. Scientists can isolate and decode DNA from combined samples using existing technology.
How do I know it happened? What do I get to see?
You’ll get email updates showing the steps of the mission — from how the DNA is processed, to the final landing. You'll receive explorer updates and videos about the mission throughout the whole journey. You’ll see how the DNA gets processed and how it is stored. And the best part? You will get a VIP invite to watch the rocket launch and landing on a live stream. 🚀
What if the rocket blows up?
Space is hard and sadly, rockets do explode. If you don’t make it to the Moon on your scheduled mission, we promise you’ll go again on our next launch for free.
What could my DNA be used for?
None of us will know. This capsule is designed for the far future. Perhaps it will be found by a future civilization and used recreate Earth as it is today. Our descendants could carry your code to the stars to seed a new world. We just won’t know. However, we believe it is worth saving our genetic blueprints for the future.
Why go on the LifeShip?
You get to go on a space mission and send a piece of you where few have been. You save your family’s genes for the future and leave a forever legacy among the stars. You'll look at the Moon for the rest of your life with a new sense of wonder. Your loved ones get a connection to you through the Moon.