I guess I'm not the only one who believes years of bands starting to warm up off the distance. A grand Symphony of destruction is about to begin on this planet (if it hasn't already), and people in powerful places are starting to begin to make plans for the day after.
The European Space Agency is drawing up plans to build a “Doomsday Ark” on the surface of the moon intended to house the essentials of life and human civilization, to go "on-line" in the event of the Earth being devastated by a giant asteroid or nuclear war.
The construction of a lunar information bank, discussed at a conference in Strasbourg last month, would provide survivors on Earth with a remote-access toolkit to rebuild the human race.
A basic version of the ark would contain hard discs holding information such as DNA sequences and instructions for metal smelting or planting crops. It would be buried in a vault just under the lunar surface and transmitters would send the data to heavily protected receivers on earth. If no receivers survived, the ark would continue transmitting the information until new ones could be built.
The vault could later be extended to include natural material including microbes, animal embryos and plant seeds and even cultural relics such as surplus items from museum stores.
What's with Europeans in colonies...
The grand vision for the “Doomsday Ark” -intended to be fully operational by 2035 (with preliminary tests to see if plant can grow the surface of such take place within the decade)- is the preservation of the species; a way to provide for people who survived the apocalypse knowledge necessary in order to continue the species.
The databank on the moon would initially be run by robots and linked to earth by radio transmissions. Scientists hope to put a manned station on the moon before the end of the century.
The databank would need to be buried under rock to protect it from the extreme temperatures, radiation and vacuum on the moon. It would be run partly on solar power. The scientists envisage placing the first experimental databank on the moon no later than 2020 and it could have a lifespan of 30 years. The full archive would be launched by 2035.
The information would be held in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish and would be linked by transmitter to 4,000 “Earth repositories” that would provide shelter, food, a water supply for survivors
It’s the end of the world…
Kind of makes you wonder why we as society mock people who buy into those “end of days” food supplies they advertise nightly on Coast to Coast, doesn't it.
Personally, I think this is actually really good idea... there's just one little flaw that fucks up the whole plan.
See, it's not the idea of building a vault containing all that we have learned as well as a genetic sample of every living thing within it... just in case. The problem I have with the whole thing is that the vault being located on the moon seems a little out of reach.
Here's my thinking:
A giant asteroid collides with the planet and just devastates it. Mass casualties, both human and ecological, are everywhere and you are among the damned who managed to survive.
You want to discard countryside, many survive starvation and dehydration attacks by other survivors long enough to come upon one of these 4000 bunkers that within has all the food, water, and emergency provisions you would need to keep yourself alive for the time being. But more important, among the supplies is a note promising you the keys to learning how to continue to thrive for generations. The only problem with that is that the necessary keys to survival are buried several hundreds of feet below the surface of the moon and the only way to get in contact with this incredible fault of knowledge into the transmitter that you don't know how to use... or how to read the operation manual... or how to build one from parts (let alone from scratch should be permanently damaged)... or arrived 31 years after the end of days and find that the lunar transmitters thirty-year battery has run out.
It would be like asking for the meaning of life and everything and after centuries of waiting being told”42”.
But don't let my pessimism shit on this parade.
Despite what I believe to be shortcomings, it is still a pretty good idea...
Just think that maybe we should try building one on the surface of the Earth (in a place other than Iceland) before taking the project lunar.
(Unless, of course, the tinfoil crowd is right again and deep within the funding for the lunar vault is the beginnings of the “orbital escape pod” project intending to shuttle off the elite to an off planet safe haven. Such a plan would actually require an off world knowledge library.)