This startup has a plan to jump-start human civilization in case an asteroid strike destroys Earth. And how does it work ? Using a human seed bank and relying on a little ALIEN magic.
Over the years, scientists have come up with various ways to combat an asteroid impact situation. From NASA working on firing nuclear weapons to destroy asteroids to China’s plans to redirect an asteroid using rocket boosters, many solutions are being worked on. But the solution this US-based entrepreneur came up with has to be one of the most innovative and possibly wackiest ideas of all time. Ben Haldeman is the founder of a startup called Lifeship which has only one mission. Create a human seed bank. In other words, it collects and stores human DNA. Where? Of all places, the DNA bank will be on the Moon! This will help kick-start human civilization in the event that Earth is wiped out by an asteroid.
Even after an asteroid strike, the human seed bank will save humanity
Lifeship was founded in 2019 by Haldeman with the goal of creating a human repository in space. The company offers people to send their DNA in the form of saliva and it takes the sample to the Moon. So, for up to $99, you can have a one-way ticket to the Moon and then stay there forever. The idea was new. From a scientific perspective, this means that human data, the core of human existence, could forever be preserved and disseminated to various parts of the solar system and perhaps beyond.
From the customer’s perspective, it has a certain sentimental appeal. One of the testimonials on the platform reads: “So when people see the Moon, I will be there. Especially for my daughters, so that my light can always guide them even in the dark of night But apart from these reasons, this human seed bank business also offers a means for the survival of humanity if there were an asteroid strike on Earth.
This effort would take a little more effort and a little extraterrestrial magic, but that’s the amount of faith you need when you’re ready to send your DNA sample into space. The idea is that, if human DNA survives in space, at some point an alien species may encounter it and try to resurrect the human species using our source code.
So far, Lifeship hasn’t carried its first payload into space, but its Moon 1 mission is expected to lift off in mid-2022. The website says boarding is closed for this mission, implying that no further DNA samples will be considered for this trip. . However, they are inviting more samples for a second moon mission later this year. The startup uses SpaceX launch vehicles and lunar landers to deploy its shipment.