FAQs

How are you going to get my DNA to the Moon?

The Moon is becoming more accessible than ever before. There are at least six commercial Moon landing companies promising regular access to the Moon in the next couple of years. 

We’ve partnered with the Arch Mission Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to preserving the knowledge and biology of our planet in a solar system-wide project called The Billion Year Archive. Arch already sent a Lunar Library containing DNA to the Moon in 2019. You get to go on our next mission together. 

We share a lander to keep costs low and the launch is planned for mid 2021 on a ULA rocket.

What will my DNA be used for?

Your DNA gets preserved for the future in Arks. It gets saved in these without your name connected to your sample. The Arks get saved on Earth and in space.

We don’t sequence your DNA and don’t know your ACTGs. We won’t sell your DNA, give out 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. Scientists learn about the origins of life by studying planetary bodies. 

First, DNA is inert and not living. We store it encapsulated in an Artificial Amber polymer in an Ark. The exterior gets sterilized following standard space protocols. 

NASA’s Planetary Protection agency has classified the Moon as a Category II planetary body, which means that contamination is very unlikely, and there are no added restrictions on the types of payloads that can go to the Moon. Astronauts have been to the Moon and China grew a plant on the Moon. Biological missions can go to the Moon.

More precautions would be needed before sending DNA to Mars as there is a high likelihood of finding signs of life on the red planet. 

We believe in preserving space bodies for the scientific study of life, while also taking conscious steps towards sending life outwards.

How long will my DNA last?

On Earth, scientists have decoded DNA almost a million years old. Space storage is better in some ways and more challenging in others. Radiation and temperature changes can accelerate degradation in space. We include thousands of copies of your DNA for redundancy and add Nickel layers for radiation protection.

After all, DNA fragments can be pieced back together using today's technology. Our goal is for your DNA to be recoverable for 10,000 years though we just don’t know for sure. We guarantee we’ll get you there and overtime will continue to improve our storage technologies. 

How do I know it happened? What do I get to see from the mission?

We promise to bring you along with us through every step of the mission — from your initial DNA sample to the final landing. Your journey has only just begun when you get your Moon Kit. You'll get explorer updates about the mission throughout the whole journey. You’ll see how the DNA gets processed. You’ll see the Ark. You’ll see confirmation of LifeShip on the rocket. You’ll get to live stream the rocket launch and watch the Moon landing. 

What could my DNA be used for?

We don’t know. LifeShip is a time capsule for the future. Perhaps our future descendants will recover it as a record of Earth's life. Imagine archaeologists finding a time capsule with dinosaur DNA. 

Imagine if an asteroid hit Earth and wiped out 99% of life. Surviving descendants could eventually retrieve this and bring back genetic diversity to regrow a thriving civilization and planet.

Maybe another advanced civilization finds it and can learn about — or even recreate Earth’s life. The possibilities are truly endless.

What if the mission fails? What then?

Space is hard. Rockets do explode and landers sometimes crash. 

But don’t worry, we’ll get you to the Moon. And if it’s not on the first try, we’ll go again and include you for free on our next Moon mission.

You will get to the Moon. That’s the LifeShip guarantee.