How it Works

 

Save your genes

Your journey to the moon starts with saliva. Your Moon Kit comes with a saliva collection tube. Just spit and mail back.

We extract thousands of your cells, each including your unique genetic code. These get added to a biolibrary along with cells from other species and people. These cells then get preserved in an artificial amber polymer within an ark.

Added to a record of humanity

The ark is first created by our partners at Arch Mission, a non-profit organization building a solar system-wide archive of Earth’s biodiversity and humanity’s collective knowledge.

A first Lunar Library is already on the Moon. It launched in 2019.


The Lunar Library currently on the lunar surface was made by Arch Mission.

This data archive is expected to last for billions of years. Through the modern miracle of nanotechnology, it is all housed within a 100-gram device that looks like an ordinary DVD. It is comprised of 25 nickel discs—each only 40 microns thick, or about the width of a human hair. 

Nickel discs inside contain analog nanofiche layers, complete with text and photographs that can be read with a simple microscope.

This is the most compact analog storage method ever developed. It’s the closest thing to alien technology we have!

What else is on the Ark?

Oh, just human civilization:

  • A pictorial how-to primer that teaches how to decode the contents and understand human language.
  • A complete backup of Wikipedia
  • A 30-million-page archive of human civilization
  • A biolibrary backup of Earth’s biodiversity
  • And finally, a huge human genetic biobank, including you!

    The lunar lander

    The first Lunar Library traveled to the moon on Israeli’s Beresheet lunar lander which had a hard landing in the final meters although it is believed to be intact.

    Beresheet lunar landerThe Beresheet lunar lander (Image: SpaceIL)

    Our next shot at the moon is planned for 2021. This will be on a ULA rocket and lander, shared with a dozen NASA payloads, and you are invited!

    Watch Live on Launch Day 

    On launch day, you’ll get to watch a live stream of the blastoff.

    The Beresheet rocket launch (Image: SpaceX)

    After blastoff, the multi-stage rocket will carry your DNA at a speed of eight kilometers per second high into the stratosphere, its upper stage orbiting the Earth before being slingshot to the moon. After a couple loops around the moon, the lander will begin its descent to the lunar surface. You and the other “crewmembers” of LifeShip are all invited to watch the landing live. As the lunar rovers roll away, the lander will remain in its spot, forever holding the LifeShip.

    Beresheet lunar trajectory
    The Beresheet orbital trajectory (Image: SpaceIL)

    You will get to follow the mission live from blast off to lunar landing. Your mission will follow a similar trajectory to the original Beresheet lander.

    Beresheet’s journey to the Moon (Video: SpaceIL)

    The LifeShip™ will be deposited near the North Pole of the Moon. This location is visible from Earth, so you can easily see your spot.

    You can spot where you will forever be. 

     

    Is it easy to get to the Moon?

    Oh, good heavens, no. Getting to the moon is still a major challenge. But there are more and more missions each year. Increasing interest in the moon and technological advances have led more private companies to build low-cost lunar landers. A new generation of space companies are bringing regular delivery to the Moon starting in 2021. These companies include: FireFly, Astrobotic, IntuitiveMachines, Rocket Lab, and Moon Express.

    What will become of the LifeShip?

    We can’t say for certain what’s to come because the possibilities are endless.

    Maybe your DNA is needed to repopulate the Earth one day. Or humanity retrieves it to repopulate other species. Scientists are already close to being able to bring woolly mammoths back to life with existing technology. This is a backup copy of the planet that adds resilience to our incredible biodiversity.

    Perhaps a future civilization finds the LifeShip and it becomes a relic of our time such as how the pyramids are to us now. Maybe our far-distant descendants use it to better understand our, and their, genetic history. Think of the Earth as a giant computer; if it faces a cataclysmic crash, this is our backup of history.

    Or may it is a seed used to start a new Earth somewhere. No matter what the future holds — your DNA could have an important role to play,

    Who knows? But if one thing is certain, life always finds a way.

    Are you ready to go cosmic with your life? Board the LifeShip.